Study Exam on Nichiren Buddhism Held in India
On January 11, 2009, approximately 6,000 Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai (BSG) members sat for an entrance-level study exam at 95 venues throughout the country. Study materials included two of Nichiren's writings, "Winter Always Turns to Spring," a letter to the lay nun Myoichi, and one of his many letters to Shijo Kingo, a samurai and devoted disciple.
Study sessions and lectures were held in various locations to help members prepare. Following the exam, one candidate commented on how much he enjoyed learning about the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism together with his fellow members. Another said, "Studying Buddhist principles gave me courage to make concrete efforts for world peace. I was able to further deepen my conviction in Nichiren Buddhism."
[Adapted from an article in the January 28, 2009 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]