Realizing a Peaceful World
By Dwight Rudisuela, Ottawa
Vancouver Areas 1 and 4 at May 3rd celebration (Photo by Gent Ng)
SGI Canada commemorated May 3rd Soka Gakkai Day and Soka Gakkai Mothers Day in cheerfulness and high spirits on May 6 throughout the country.
May 3rd has marked a pivotal time in SGI. It was on May 3, 1951, that second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda announced his goal of achieving a membership of 750,000 households during his lifetime. That goal was realized seven years later just before he passed away. Daisaku Ikeda was inaugurated as the third Soka Gakkai President on May 3, 1960 and has continued to dedicate himself to developing initiatives in the areas of peace, culture and education throughout the world. He has described May 3 as "a day to embark afresh on our struggle for world peace and the happiness of humanity."
Since 1988, May 3 has also been designated "Soka Gakkai Mothers Day" in the spirit of appreciation for the sincere efforts of the women practitioners.* It has become a tradition in SGI Canada to sing the song “Mother” (Ha Ha in Japanese) to honour them.
Depending on the location, this important occasion was celebrated at SGI Canada Culture Centres, Community Centres and people's homes with festive decorations and cultural performances and youth taking the lead.
At many locations there were new people officially joining SGI Canada. They expressed their gratitude to having met the practice that has helped them improve their lives.
In his May 3rd message and it being the 30th anniversary of Soka Gakkai Mothers Day, President Ikeda was especially encouraging to the women of SGI saying that the surest force for realizing a peaceful world, is the grassroots solidarity of women exerting themselves in Buddhist practice and study, and becoming deeply involved in their communities.
In Canada we are taking this message to heart as all practitioners joyfully support the upcoming women's general meetings being held in May.