Prairie Region Hosts Successful District Meetings
By Johanna Goossens (Whitehorse) and Maxine Stewart (Winnipeg)
SGI Canada's Prairie Region held very successful general meetings in the various districts throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Yukon. These meetings celebrated the 87th anniversary of the founding of the Soka Gakkai. Below are two reports.
On November 19, Galloping Horse District hosted its first general meeting with 10 practitioners and four guests in attendance. During the meeting, we emphasized the profound meaning of November 18 for SGI practitioners, we read SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's special message, introduced the Mapting App (http://www.mapting.org/), developed by SGI and the Earth Charter International and had a lively group discussion. The presence of special guests, an SGI-USA family on vacation, warmed our hearts as they shared their personal experiences, while the temperature hovered around -25C outside! This harmonious, heartfelt and international celebration of November 18 will remain in our memories as truly imbued by President Ikeda's heartfelt spirit.
Galloping Horse District in Whitehorse
Winnipeg Area had an unprecedented success in the holding of the November district general meetings with 137 participants including 65 guests. One district had a new member officially join SGI.
Although the Area has five districts there were eight meetings. One woman invited some leaders to her home to introduce Buddhism to her 12 guests made up of both sides of her family and a friend on Skype from Toronto. Her home district actually had three separate meetings and the inclusion of several generations. The grandparents, parents and children in several families really demonstrated the shining example of those members whose families came to support and learn more. The children shared their experiences with the practice of Buddhism as all are receiving the benefits of chanting. The opportunity to expand the level of participation to everyone will inevitably lead to future growth.
Lotus District in Winnipeg (Left), Prairie Oasis District in Saskatoon (Right)