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Back to listNov 29, 2007

Soka Gakkai Holds Entrance Level Study Examination on Nichiren Buddhism

On November 25, 2007, approximately 135,000 Soka Gakkai members sat for a study department entrance level examination at 1,519 locations throughout Japan. The study material included three of Nichiren's major writings in the original classical Japanese--"Letter from Sado," "Persecution by Sword and Staff" and "Questions and Answers about Embracing the Lotus Sutra;" major events in Nichiren's life; and basic Buddhist concepts. In a message, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda expressed his appreciation for the candidates' efforts to challenge the exam. Quoting Nichiren's words, he stressed that studying Nichiren Buddhism's humanistic philosophy is the foundation of faith and the key to accomplishing human revolution and achieving victories in their lives.

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On November 29, it was announced that 85,000 had passed the exam. Soka Gakkai Study Department Chief Masaaki Morinaka praised all the candidates' sincere efforts towards the exam. He urged them to continue studying the life-affirming philosophy of Nichiren and apply it in their daily lives to create happiness for themselves and others.

[Adapted from articles in the November 26 and 30, 2007 issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]