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Bharat Soka Gakkai Members Take Buddhist Study Exam

In New Delhi In New Delhi

On September 4, Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) held an elementary level Buddhist study exam in 90 cities throughout India, including New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Some 8,000 people took the voluntary exam, which was administered at over 130 venues.

The elementary level exam was designed for SGI members to deepen their understanding of the basic principles of Buddhism and to learn the meaning and importance of having faith. The exam centered around two letters titled "Happiness in This World" and "The Dragon Gate," written by Nichiren to his disciples, Shijo Kingo and Nanjo Tokimitsu. The first letter discusses the meaning of true happiness and the latter talks about dedicating one's life to the loftiest ambition.

Exam participants also learned the meaning of the phrase "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo," which SGI members chant, and the Buddhist concept of the mutual possession of the Ten Worlds.

One examinee, when asked about the exam, stated "Learning about Nichiren Buddhism is not simply about gaining knowledge. It's about incorporating the spirit of Nichiren's teachings to my life."

[Adapted from an article in the September 19, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]