SGI Members in Thailand and India Hold Study Exams
In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the publication of the Collected Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, Buddhist study exams will be held around the world, with an expected 150,000 people taking part.
On January 29, Soka Gakkai Thailand (SGT) held the first level Buddhist study exam at 63 venues throughout the country. Some 6,000 people took the exam, which focused on questions about the life of Nichiren and two passages from his writings titled "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime" and "On the Treasure Tower."
In his message to the examinees, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda commended those who have been studying hard for the exam despite the numerous struggles their country currently faces from the aftermath of heavy flooding. In the latter half of 2011, Thailand experienced one of the worst floods in its history with about 5 million people being displaced. One SGT member who lost her home to the flood managed to save her Buddhist study exam materials which she brought to an evacuation center and continued to study in preparation for the exam.
Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) also held a first level Buddhist study exam on January 29 at 113 venues. Approximately 5,000 people took the exam, including one woman in her late 80s who commented that preparing for the exam had helped her to deepen her understanding of the mentor and disciple relationship and gain more appreciation for her life.
[Adapted from an article in the February 2, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun and SGT]