SGI Members in the UK and Japan Take Buddhist Study Exams
On November 14, hundreds of SGI-UK members participated in Buddhist study exams at SGI-UK centers and local venues throughout the country.
Every year, the SGI-UK Buddhist Study Exam offers participants opportunities to study Nichiren's writings in depth and deepen their understanding of Buddhism. This year marked the seventh year of such exams, which SGI-UK began administering in 2004.
In a message, SGI-UK Vice General Director and Study Department Leader Kazuo Fujii congratulated examinees for challenging themselves and also shared SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's encouragement from 2009, in which he said, "Please have confidence in taking the study exam. Through attending this study examination, you have already achieved a victory of life and faith . . . Studying Buddhism is the great driving force of faith and practice for your life and for your happiness."
On November 28, some 110,000 Soka Gakkai members took part in the Elementary Buddhist Study Exam that was held throughout Japan. To prepare for the test, Soka Gakkai members met frequently in their communities to study and learn together. Exam material included three of Nichiren's writings: "The Opening of the Eyes," "On the Treasure Tower" and "The Dragon Gate." Participants ranged from youth to senior citizens.
[Adapted from articles in the November 17, 2010, issue of SGI-UK Online News Bulletin and the November 29, 2010, issue of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Ravi Juneja and Seikyo Shimbun]