Buddhist Study Exams Held in Korea and Malaysia
In the month of December, both SGI-Korea and Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) members took part in Buddhist study exams. In Korea, an advanced level exam was administered on December 25, at 109 venues throughout the country. Some 8,000 people took part. In addition to studying the writings of Nichiren, exam takers also studied SGI President Ikeda's Study Lecture Series on Nichiren's treatise titled "The Opening of the Eyes."
On December 18, SGM offered the first level and youth intermediate level Buddhist study exams at 38 venues in 13 Malaysian states. Some 2,000 took the exams which focused on Nichiren's writings as well as on core Buddhist concepts such as "the fivefold comparison" and ichinen sanzen--three thousand realms in a single moment of life.
One participant commented that through study he was able to deepen his understanding of faith and find the courage to confront his worries. A young woman also shared that she did not like exams very much but that for the Buddhist study exam she was able to overcome her weakness and muster the courage to challenge herself.
[Adapted from articles in the January 14 and 15, 2011, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy Seikyo Shimbun]