Eastern Region District General Meetings
By Nick LoPresti, Halifax and Dwight Rudisuela, Ottawa
Eastern Region held 19 district general meetings during the month of November including meetings in Ottawa, Kingston, Belleville and as well as six meetings in the Atlantic Area. Over 270 attended these meetings including 65 guests.
Clear Sake District
Many meetings featured youth participation, presentations on Buddhism and cultural performances. At all the meetings there was much sharing about the benefits of practising Buddhism, as we celebrated the 86th anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai movement.
In the Atlantic Area, meetings were held in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI and Newfoundland.
East Wind Group in Atlantic Area
On November 19, New Brunswick's Edmundston and Gemini districts celebrated SGI founding Day together in Edmundston. Preparations began the week before as practitioners met to make a beautiful commemorative sign which was a great occasion to get together and deepen friendships. Eight adults gathered to celebrate the anniversary and general meeting. It was an exciting meeting in which all including the two guests got to share their thoughts.
On November 20, Halifax's East Wind district celebrated the SGI Founding day and general meeting. Twenty-two gathered for a lively meeting which included the explanation of the significance of November 18, the reading of an excerpt from President Ikeda's "To my Friends" and SGI Canada General Director Tony Meers' message. Sentiments were high and ranged from a deeply moving immigrant family experience regarding work and ties to distant parents and two cheerful musical interludes by future division sister and brother. Everyone commented on the lively nature of the meeting.
In Ottawa, Indigo district saw three people join SGI Canada which was very encouraging.
At the Des Portages district, a French language speaking group, the theme was "La Paix du Monde Est Entre Nos Mains (World Peace Is In Our Hands)." They read SGI Canada General Director Tony Meers' message which encouraged everyone to move forward in their practice. There was a multi-media introduction to the practice for the guests, several touching experiences from members and cultural performances.
Eastern Region practitioners shared a sense of gratitude towards the practice of Buddhism and are determined to share this Buddhism with others in contributing to world peace.