SGI-Canada Youth Take Buddhist Study Exam
On October 23, the SGI-Canada Study Department advanced level Buddhist study exam for youth was taken by 87 young people across Canada. In the months leading up to the exam the youth read a series of dialogues published by SGI on the fourth and seventh chapters of the Lotus Sutra and studied topics such as the Gohonzon and Nichiren's exile to Sado Island. A comprehensive study guide and video lectures were used as study tools.
Examinees studied the lives of Nichiren's key disciples and completed an essay assignment on the theme of speaking out for the sake of the people. The theme was based on SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's dialogue on Nichiren's writing titled "On Establishing the Correct Teaching for the Peace of the Land."
Those who completed the exam said that they deepened their understanding of Nichiren Buddhism, of the meaning of the mentor-disciple relationship and understood how they can make the teachings of Nichiren Daishonin an integral part of their daily lives.
With the completion of the exam, many youth commented that they were looking forward to the new youth study program that will start in the fall of 2012.
[Adapted from an article from the December 2011 issue of the SGI-Canada Online News; photo courtesy of Po-wah Ng]