SGI to Offer Study Exams on Nichiren Buddhism in 46 Countries During 2010
This year, constituent SGI organizations will hold study exams on Nichiren Buddhism, representing 46 countries. Approximately 120,000 SGI members plan to participate.
In the United States, an elementary-level exam will be held in several languages, including Chinese and Japanese. Study materials will be derived from SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's lecture titled, "Learning from the Writings of Nichiren Daishonin: The Teachings for Victory."
In Brazil, both the entrance-level and intermediate-level study exams are scheduled. SGI-Germany will administer the beginning-level exam, which includes written essay and oral portions. SGI-Nepal members will also have an opportunity to take the entrance-level and intermediate-level exams, which will include the history of the westward transmission of Buddhism.
Study materials for the various exams, such as The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin and lectures by Mr. Ikeda, have been translated from Japanese into several languages, including, Chinese, English, and Spanish. The materials as well as the efforts to prepare for the exams provide opportunities for SGI members around the world to deepen their understanding of Buddhism, strengthen their ability to put that understanding into daily practice and share its philosophy with others.
[Adapted from an article in the February 16, 2010, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]