SGI-Hong Kong, SGI-Macau and SGI-Malaysia Hold Buddhist Study Examinations
On December 17, 2006, SGI-Hong Kong and SGI-Macau held an intermediate-level study examination on Nichiren Buddhism. The candidates were tested on Nichiren's writings. The study material included SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's "Lectures on 'The Opening of the Eyes'" and The World of Nichiren Daishonin's Writings, a dialogue between Mr. Ikeda and Soka Gakkai Study Department leaders. Some 1,100 candidates took the exam at five venues in one of three languages--Chinese, English or Japanese.
On the same day, SGI-Malaysia conducted an elementary-level exam for youth and a comparable exam geared toward adults in Chinese and English, at 33 venues. Some 2,200 sat for the exams. The Chinese candidates were tested on Nichiren's writings: "The Selection of the Time," "On Practicing the Buddha's Teachings" and "The One Essential Phrase," while the English candidates answered questions on: "The Object of Devotion for Observing the Mind," "The Heritage of the Ultimate Law of Life" and "The Strategy of the Lotus Sutra," the latter, one of Nichiren's letters to his follower Shijo Kingo, a physician and samurai.
[Adapted from an article in the January 8, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]