Buddhist Study Exams Held in Asia, Latin America and Oceania

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SSASSA members taking the exam

During August and September, a total of some 166,000 SGI members in Brazil, India, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore took Buddhist study exams focused on the core principles of Nichiren Buddhism.

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message to the examinees in which he praised their willingness to rise to the challenge of studying Buddhism, which he described as the “supreme philosophy of life,” and their efforts to put Nichiren’s teachings into practice in their daily lives.

On August 17, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) held its entrance-level study exam at the National Community Leadership Institute. More than 900 people took the exam.

BSGIBSGI General Director Kosaka (far right) encouraging participants in São Paulo City

On September 21, some 6,200 Brazil Soka Gakkai International (BSGI) members took an introductory study exam at 362 venues across the country. Earlier this year, a Portuguese edition of The Collected Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Vol. 1, was published by Editora Brasil Seikyo, making the study of Nichiren’s writings more accessible to Portuguese speakers.

On the same day, Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) also convened introductory and elementary-level study exams at 150 venues in 103 cities around India. Some 19,000 people took the exams. Among them was a 90 year-old women’s division member.

The SGI-NZ Culture Center in Auckland was one of 10 venues in New Zealand at which the introductory study exam was held, also on September 21. The exam was taken by some 120 people. 

On September 28, Soka Gakkai Japan held the elementary-level study exam at 1,412 venues from Okinawa to Hokkaido. A total of some 140,000 people took the exam.

[Adapted from articles in the September 19, 2014, issue of the SSA Times, Singapore Soka Association (SSA), and in the September 26 and 29, 2014, issues of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai Japan; photos courtesy of SSA and Seikyo Shimbun]

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