March 16 District Meetings A Big Success Across Canada
By Mai Ogushi, Toronto
Calgary Diamond District meeting
During the month of March, youth from across Canada gathered to celebrate March 16 Kosen-rufu Day. It was on that day in 1958 that the youth of SGI were handed the responsibility of kosen-rufu (the process of establishing the humanistic ideals of Nichiren Buddhism in society) by second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda.
These meetings were held at the district level and in many cases with youth taking a prominent role. The future division and youth division (which includes the high school and student group) members were given the opportunity to: lead chanting, do emcee, conduct an ice breaker, give an introduction to Buddhism, explain about the significance of March 16, share experiences in faith, perform and read the SGI Canada Youth Pledge. The encouraging support by the senior practitioners enabled these young capable individuals to experience the joy of not only attending, but taking part in a meeting.
(Left):Toronto's Dufferin District (Right): Vancouver Area 7 youth meeting
Due to everyone's efforts, there were many guests that came to the meeting. And even those guests who could not make it to the meeting were able to forge a connection to our Buddhist practice.
Some districts achieved the goal of having five new members in their district and, in some cases, they were all high school or future division members. What an inspiring achievement!
These meetings demonstrated the power of unity and what can be achieved when everyone puts their energy and focus on creating the most enjoyable district meeting.
(Left): Ottawa's Evergreen District (Right): Halifax East Wind District
We were truly touched and filled with appreciation for the message we received from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda. In his message, he encouraged our efforts for kosen-rufu that may at times seem difficult, but will definitely turn into great good fortune for us and for our family.
As the youth division stand in the forefront of sharing this practice with others, we are filled with hope and determination to achieve our goal of 1,000 new youth by November 18, 2018!