Celebrating Lunar New Year in Calgary and Vancouver
Harmony District Calgary
By Shirley Kwan, Calgary
Harmony District in Calgary (Photo by Yoshiko Robinson)
Kung Hey Fat Choy! This is the greeting frequently offered during the Lunar New Year. It is a wish for the individual to have a year filled with good fortune and prosperity. In hopes to deliver a new perspective about what it means to be rich in Buddhism, Calgary Harmony District proudly presented a seminar on “How to become rich in life” on February 10 as part of their Chinese New Year celebration.
In Nichiren Buddhism, becoming “rich” in life means to create value whereby one works for the happiness of oneself while helping others at the same time. This idea of value creation was coined by first Soka Gakkai President Tsunesaburo Makiguchi.
Through the tremendous support from practitioners and leaders, the meeting was a success with a total of 26 participants. The concept of value creation to develop and improve ourselves as well as carrying out our personal human revolution in one’s workplace, families and communities was discussed together.
Fortune and Victory Districts Calgary
By Avis Wu, Calgary
Fortune and Victory Districts in Calgary (Photo by Stephanie Huang)
Despite the freezing cold weather, practitioners in Calgary's Fortune and Victory districts celebrated Chinese New Year together on February 10. Everyone was particularly excited since four new people had recently joined as practitioners in their district.
The meeting began with sharing SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's message in which he encouraged each person to resolutely overcome every problem and courageously advance along the glorious path for leading a brilliant life and for kosen-rufu (the process of establishing the humanistic ideals of Nichiren Buddhism in society), together with our friends, our fellow Bodhisattvas of the Earth, around the world.
The theme of "relative happiness and absolute happiness” taken from the novel, The New Human Revolution, Volume 2, was discussed. We reaffirmed that chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo is the vital key to open up our great life-condition where one will not be easily defeated under any circumstances. This kind of unshakable life-condition is called absolute happiness.
The meeting continued with personal experiences and an informal get together.
Dancers at Vancouver Lunar New Year's celebration
Vancouver Area 7 (Chinese language area) held a joyful commemorative chanting meeting on February 10 at the Vancouver Culture Centre. Jenny Li shared her experience and representatives of each district shared their renewed determinations. SGI Canada Women’s Group Advisor, Yuriko Skillan shared encouragement at the meeting.