SGI-UK Members Challenge Study Exam on Key Concepts of Nichiren Buddhism
On November 15, 2009, hundreds of SGI-UK members demonstrated their understanding of Nichiren Buddhism by taking the Level 1 study exam, held at 60 venues around the country. Examinees spent the last several months preparing by attending study sessions to supplement their own individual efforts. Over 3,000 members have participated in SGI-UK's study program since 2004, when the exam was first administered.
SGI-UK Vice General Director and Study Department leader Kazuo Fujii sent a message to examinees, saying that the study exam has become a great tradition within the Soka Gakkai with a 57-year history. He stated that millions have challenged to deepen their understanding of and confidence in their practice of Nichiren Buddhism through preparing for and taking the study exam. Furthermore, he stated that study is key to accomplishing human revolution—a profound inner transformation which brings forth one's full human potential and thereby contributes to positive changes in one's environment.
SGI President Daisaku Ikeda also sent a message to the examinees encouraging them to be confident that by participating in the exam they had already achieved a victory in life and in faith. He stated that studying Buddhism is the driving force for one's practice and for creating happiness in life, and quoted a passage from Nichiren's writings: "Exert yourself in the two ways of practice and study. Without practice and study, there can be no Buddhism. You must not only persevere yourself; you must also teach others. Both practice and study arise from faith."
[Adapted from an article in the November 18, 2009, issue of the SGI-UK Online News Bulletin; photos courtesy of SGI-UK]