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During September and October, study exams centering on the core principles of Nichiren Buddhism were held in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and Thailand.
On September 29, an intermediate level youth Buddhist study exam was administered in over 800 venues throughout Japan, with some 50,000 people taking part. The exam focused on two treatises written by Nichiren titled "On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land" and "The Actions of the Votary of the Lotus Sutra."
From the latter treatise in particular, those preparing for the exam learned how Nichiren's faith and determination became even stronger when he faced persecution and exile.
On October 6, SGI members in Hong Kong and Macau took part in an entrance-level study exam held at the Chan Shu Kui Memorial School in Hong Kong and the SGI-Macau Culture Center. In Hong Kong, over 630 participants took the exam which was held in four languages: Chinese, English, Japanese and Thai. Material covered included SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lectures on Nichiren's writings "Winter Always Turns to Spring" and "The Dragon Gate," as well as the history of the SGI.
On October 27, SGI-Thailand also held an advanced-level study exam at 38 venues throughout the nation, with 4,400 members participating.
[Adapted from articles in the September 30, 2013, issue of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; the October 28, 2013, issue of the Li Ming Sheng Bao, SGI-Hong Kong; and a report from SGI-Thailand; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun, SGI-Hong Kong and SGI-Thailand]
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