Soka Gakkai Malaysia Holds Study Examination; SGI-Philippines Studies Nichiren's "Orally Transmitted Teachings"
On March 27, Soka Gakkai Malaysia held a study examination at centers throughout the country. Every year, the number of examinees has increased steadily. This year, some 1,300 members challenged the exam, which covered the following of Nichiren's writings studied during the past year: "On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the land," "The Opening of the Eyes," "The Object of Worship for Observing the Mind," "Letter from Sado," and "On the Buddha's Prophecy." Also included on the exam were the "five guides for propagation": Five criteria for propagating Buddhism: (1) the teaching, (2) the people's capacity, (3) the time, (4) the country, and (5) the sequence of propagation; and the concept of "three thousand realms in a single moment of life." The examination was held in English and Chinese.
In the Philippines, members studied The Record of the Orally Transmitted Teachings at the SGI-Philippines Culture Center in Keson City, on March 28. The lecture series has helped members develop a solid foundation in their understanding of the life philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism. SGI-Philippines General Director Yasuaki Niitsu and Guidance Chief Yasunori Takimoto led a study on "Point Two" of "Chapter Three: Simile and Parable--Nine important points." Referring to the passage, "Now Nichiren and his followers, who chant Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, are all Shariputra," Mr. Takimoto encouraged the participants to sincerely pray for the happiness of friends, share the teachings of the Lotus Sutra, and develop into individuals who exhaust their wisdom for others' sake. SGI-Philippines will hold a nationwide study examination in September 2005.