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Soka Gakkai Members Throughout Japan Take Elementary Level and Youth Study Exams

091130study_exam_tokyo.jpg In Tokyo

On November 29, 2009, 180,000 candidates at 1,669 venues throughout Japan took either the Elementary-Level Study Exam or the Level 3 Youth Study Exam. The exams aim to encourage members to broaden their understanding of Buddhism.

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda sent a message to all examinees and staff members that was read at each exam site. Mr. Ikeda emphasized that within the Soka Gakkai the study exam is not solely about passing or failing, but the exam and the efforts leading up to it serve the purpose of nurturing "professors of happiness, justice, life and victory."

091130study_ex_okinawa.jpg In Okinawa

The study exam focused on Nichiren's writings titled "On Repaying Debts of Gratitude," "Letter from Sado" and "Letter to the Brothers." Examinees were also questioned on the Buddhist concepts of "the three obstacles and four devilish functions," as well as the fundamentals of Nichiren Buddhism.

[Adapted from an article in the November 30, 2009, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]