SGI-Argentina and SGI-Taiwan Hold Entrance-Level Study Exams on Nichiren Buddhism
On October 29, 2006, SGI-Argentina held an entrance-level examination on Nichiren Buddhism. Some 1,800 members participated at 36 venues in Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Tucuman, Bariloche and others. The members were tested on their knowledge of the life of Nichiren as well as the letters of encouragement he sent his followers, such as "On Lessening One's Karmic Retribution." One examinee shared, "Before I joined the SGI, I could not read or write. Through studying for the exam, I began to recognize words. The first time I took the exam, I could only write my name. This time, I was able to answer about half the questions. The next time I challenge the exam, I'm determined to answer all the questions!"
On November 12, 2006, more than 5,300 SGI-Taiwan members, many of them youth in high school, sat for the entrance-level study exam at 33 venues, including the outlying islands of Jinmen and Matsu, the first time for these areas. Examinees challenged to find time to study amidst busy work and school schedules. Visiting one of the exam sites, SGI-Taiwan General Director Lin Chao encouraged the examinees, saying that the purpose of Buddhist study is to deepen one's faith and learn how to create value that enables us to establish absolute happiness at the core of our lives.