17,000 SGI Members take Buddhist Study Exams in Brazil
On September 30, Brazil-SGI (BSGI) held Buddhist study examinations of various levels in 358 venues across the country. Some 17,000 people of all ages took the exams to deepen their understanding of Buddhist philosophy. Material covered included writings by Nichiren, facts about his life, the history of the SGI, and key Buddhist concepts.
The entrance level exam centered on Nichiren's letter the "The Three Kinds of Treasure," written to Shijo Kingo, one of his most trusted disciples. The intermediate level exam focused on Nichiren's treatise entitled "The Opening of the Eyes" and the letter "On Attaining Buddhahood in this Lifetime." The advanced level exam covered his treatise "The Selection of the Time," considered to be one of Nichiren's five major writings.
BSGI General Director Julio Kosaka visited various exam centers and commented on how the atmosphere was one of joy and passionate enthusiasm. The examinees were eager to demonstrate the results of their hard efforts to study, not simply for the sake of accumulating knowledge but to incorporate the spirit of Nichiren’s teachings into their daily lives.
[Adapted from an article in the October 5, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]