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Introductory Talks Throughout 2016

Posted by davidbloomfield on January 4, 2016 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)


Dedicated Dynamo

Posted by davidbloomfield on December 14, 2015 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Would you like to join the Dedicated Dynamo Team and help keep our Centre's clean? If so, here's your opportunity. The following has been composed by our Dedicated Dynamo Team Leaders and you can download the application forms here.

Thank you for the incredible efforts you have made towards the kosen-rufu movement, the happiness of each member and the people around you.

We would like to take this opportunity of introducing our joyful Dedicated Dynamo activity, which is open to both men and women¹s division, and can be joined at any time of the year.

The Dedicated Dynamo Group was created in 2007. The purpose of this group is to keep our precious SGI-UK centres clean and presentable so that everyone can feel welcome and cared for when they visit. At the same time, we Dynamos polish our hearts, deepen our faith and develop ourselves to become even happier people.

Dedicated Dynamo is a faith activity that takes a certain amount of commitment to appreciate the real benefits. As with Dedicated Keibi we ask that members try as best they can to commit to doing this activity once a month for a minimum of one year.

When we get together to clean and polish, we chant and study as well as share our struggles and joy. We also have the opportunity to meet other members and make new friendships, so that we can come away feeling a renewed sense of determination and connection with Sensei and our mission as Bodhisattvas of the Earth.

Many Dedicated Dynamo members have had actual proof and experienced great personal transformation through doing the activity. Moreover, we all have fun and enjoy doing it.

Please find attached application forms for the four centres and other more practical information.

Sensei¹s states, ³My greatest pride is each one of our noble members who strives tirelessly for kosen-rufu, accumulating ³unseen virtue² behind the scenes, whether or not others recognize or appreciate their efforts. And my greatest joy is seeing those dedicated members and all their families and loved ones enjoying brilliant lives of victory, enveloped in the ³visible reward² of complete fulfillment and satisfaction, transcending worldly praise and criticism.² (NL9120)

Please let everyone know that Dedicated Dynamo is a good opportunity to help open their own personal new era!

We look forward to working with you.

Thank you so much for your great support.

Yuki Davenne (SGI-UK National Leader of Dynamo Group)

Gina Langton (SGI-UK Secretary of Dynamo Group)

 

 

Westminster & Heart of London HQ Kickoff

Posted by davidbloomfield on December 1, 2015 at 3:05 AM Comments comments (0)


November Contribution Inspiration

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President Ikeda's Message for 3rd May

Posted by davidbloomfield on April 28, 2015 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Dear Friends,

I am very happy to be writing to you on 28th April, the anniversary of the first declaration of Nam-myoho-renge-kyo in 1253 and to be sending you SGI President Ikeda’s message for 3rd May. In it Sensei writes:

“The new era of worldwide kosen-rufu has dawned. May each one of you, shining as brightly as the morning sun in the place of your mission, join me in striving with courage, hope, and perseverance to encourage, warmly support, and foster fellow members. With wisdom and sincerity, may you also build a network of trust and friendship in society.”

Please share this message with the members in your local area, so that we can all celebrate what has come to be known as the ‘New Year’s Day’ of the Soka Gakkai and the SGI on Sunday.

Very best wishes,

Robert Harrap

General Director

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE FULL TEXT OF SENSEI'S MESSAGE

HERE

Calling all Parents and Future Division Members

Posted by davidbloomfield on April 12, 2015 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

FUTURE DIVISION COURSES AND ACTIVITIES THIS SUMMER

I once shared the story of a certain knight of old to the young people of SGI-UK. The knight was captured in battle by his enemies, who overtook his castle. Ridiculing him, they asked: “Where is your castle? You have lost everything!” But the captured knight placed his hand on his heart and said with dignity: “My castle is here in my heart.”

I hope you will all build in your hearts castles of wisdom, shining with good manners and integrity, and castles of conviction, based on a firm commitment to truth and justice—castles as fine and beautiful as Taplow Court.

NL9182

 

Dear Parent / Guardian

We are writing to let you know about this year’s Future Division Summer Courses.

For the Mimosa, Young Eagles and Rising Phoenix they will be one-day summer courses held at Taplow Court as follows:

Saturday 11th July, 10.30am – 4.00pm: Regional Areas

Sunday 12th July, 10.30am – 4.00pm: London Areas

At the beginning of each day we will all gather together for a brief opening ceremony and then split into our individual groups for the majority of the day. We will again come together at the end of the day for graduations and closing ceremony.

Accompanying this letter is the application form. The closing date for applications is Saturday 6th June. The course fee is £7.00. Please note there are different administrators for each group this year so that we can really take care of each precious Future Division.

We really want to pack the spirit of a residential summer course into these one- day activities and allow the children to build deep and lasting bonds of friendship together. To help us with this we ask that the Future Division arrive with their own individual packed lunch, as the lunchtime will also be part of the activity (there won't be the opportunity for a family picnic lunch). 

Building on last year’s activities: for those parents & carers who are wishing to spend the day at Taplow Court while their children participate in the Future Division activities we will be providing refreshments, the opportunity for Daimoku and study based activity in Josei Toda Hall. 

The Indigo Group are of an age where they often identify more with the youth division than doing activities with their younger brothers and sisters in faith. Responding to this we would like them to be able to experience their own one-night residential course this year, preparing them for their time in the youth division, and giving them the time to study deeply, share their experiences and get to know each other.

Therefore this year the Indigo group will be holding residential Summer Courses at Taplow Court.

Tuesday 4th- Wednesday 5th August: Indigo Young Men

Wednesday 5th- Thursday 6th August: Indigo Young Women

The closing date for applications is Monday 6th July. The course fee is £62.00

With Warmest Regards

Future Division Summer Course Steering Team

As a reminder the Future Division consists of:

Mimosa (girls 7-10 years old)

Young Eagles (boys 7-10 years old)

Rising Phoenix (girls and boys 11-14 years old)

Indigo Group (girls and boys 15-18 years old)

YOU CAN DOWNLOAD ALL THE COURSE APPLICATION FORMS FROM THE DOCUMENT DOWNLOADS PAGE



Information including train travel to Taplow Court for Kosen-rufu Gongyo in April

Posted by davidbloomfield on April 1, 2015 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

This information is especially important for those who will be travelling by train to Taplow Court on Sunday 5th April for kosen-rufu gongyo and Gohonzon bestowal ceremonies.

It appears that there will be some rail travel disruption on Sunday 5th April particularly on trains heading West out of Paddington Station.

We have heard that trains from London Paddington to Maidenhead will be disrupted on Sunday morning and there will be buses replacing trains from Hayes and Harlington station. This will most likely add significant time to the journey to Maidenhead.

We recommend therefore that members travelling by train, and especially from Paddington, check carefully before setting out and allow extra time to compensate for any delays that may arise.


A Shared Pledge for a More Humane Future: To Eliminate Misery from the Earth

Posted by davidbloomfield on March 23, 2015 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

President Ikeda's 2015 Peace Proposal is available to download here


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