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Back to listJun 19, 2011

SGI Members in Singapore Participate in Buddhist Study Exams

SSA members take the study exam SSA members take the study exam

On June 19, some 1,500 Singapore Soka Association (SSA) members sat for the SSA Study Department's elementary-level Buddhist study examination, which was administered at the Northland Secondary School in the town of Yishun. Participants were tested on their understanding of some basic Buddhist concepts as well as on several of Nichiren's writings.

Among the examinees was a woman named Goh Hock Tee who, despite being 70 years old and having had only a primary school education, took up the challenge of taking the study exam. In preparation for the exam, Ms. Goh opened her home to local SSA members who were also preparing for the exam. She commented, "Although I cannot express myself well in writing, I wanted to challenge myself in this exam. It's a way in which I can express my gratitude for having encountered this wonderful Buddhist practice in my life."

Studying for the exam Studying for the exam

Another participant, Chan Thian Yong, who is wheelchair-bound, participated in the exam with his wife Chong Nget Lan. Asked about how it was preparing for the exam, Mr. Chan replied, "Rather than finding it a stressful situation, we feel that it was a good opportunity for us to deepen our understanding of Buddhist principles and strengthen our faith."

[Adapted from an article in the July 20, 2011, Issue No. 418 of the SSA Times, Singapore Soka Association; photos courtesy of SSA Times]