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Celebrating World Peace Day and SGI Canada Day

By Dwight Rudisuela, Ottawa

Photographers: Po-wah Ng, Gent Ng, Henry Cheng, Glen Brouwer, Samantha Ong, Dan Charlton, Tom Hamilton and Glenn Turner

Winnipeg

On Sunday, October 1, SGI Canada practitioners celebrated the anniversary of World Peace Day (Oct. 2) and SGI Canada Day (Oct. 12) across the country.  

World Peace Day celebrates the flow of kosen-rufu[1] from Japan to the rest of the world when SGI President Daisaku Ikeda took his first overseas trip to North and South America at a time when there were very few Soka Gakkai practitioners outside Japan. We commemorate SGI Canada Day on October 12 when he visited Toronto on that very trip. Even though there were no SGI practitioners at that time, he laid the ground for the growth of the SGI organization in Canada to over 7000 practitioners today. We all are deeply indebted to his efforts on that trip and many trips over the years to every corner of the world. If he had not done so we would not be able to enjoy the incredible life we have gained through the practice of Nichiren Buddhism. 

Toronto West and Halton-Peel Areas

At each meeting place, everyone heard President Ikeda's message for the occasion in which he encouraged everyone to lead wonderful lives of great victory and show triumphant actual proof of “faith manifesting in daily life” and “faith manifesting in society." 

The meetings also included many joining ceremonies for those people who have enjoyed the benefits of chanting of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo and decided to continue their Buddhist practice with SGI. 

This year the meetings were characterized by the predominance of youth practitioners sharing experiences and reports of youth activities as well as musical performances. The youth-led meetings were an inspiration to all. 

SGI leaders thanked all those who have contributed to SGI and encouraged everyone to do their best for the annual district meetings in November with youth taking the lead and the youthful spirit of the men's and women's groups in support.

[1] Kosen-rufu: Literally, it means “to widely declare and spread [the Lotus Sutra]”; to secure lasting peace and happiness for all humankind through the propagation of Nichiren Buddhism. More broadly, kosen-rufu refers to the process of establishing the humanistic ideals of Nichiren Buddhism in society.

Victoria (left) and Edmonton (right)

Calgary's Cha Cha Cha Chapter

Calgary's Northern Lights Chapter

Grand Falls, New Brunswick (left) and Halifax (right)

Montreal (left) and Ottawa (right)

Ontario East, Ontario West and Central Chinese Areas (left) and York-Simcoe-Northern Ontario and Toronto East Areas (right)

Vancouver Areas 1, 4 and 7

Vancouver Areas 2, 3 and 6