SGI Buddhist Study Exams Held in Kenya, Denmark, Argentina and Malaysia
In November and December, SGI members in Kenya, Denmark, Argentina and Malaysia took Buddhist study exams in their respective areas as a way to deepen their understanding of Nichiren Buddhism and its core philosophy. Topics covered included Buddhist concepts and key passages from The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin.
SGI-Kenya held their first study exam on November 25 in Nairobi. Members deepened their understanding of three passages from Nichiren's writings while learning about his life. They also studied key Buddhist concepts such as "three thousand realms in a single moment of life," "oneness of body and mind" and "oneness of self and environment."
On December 9, a total of 95 SGI-Denmark members took part in their study exam which was given at four venues, including the city of Copenhagen. For several months leading up to the exam, participants studied passages from two of Nichiren's letters to his disciples titled "The Hero of the World" and "The Proof of the Lotus Sutra."
On the same day, 920 members in Argentina took the Elementary Level Study Exam. Participants expressed their determination to put into action what they had studied, applying Nichiren's spirit of compassion and courage in their daily lives.
Lastly, on December 16, a total of 1,800 Soka Gakkai Malaysia members participated in the Elementary Level Study Exam which focused on the basic principles of Nichiren Buddhism and passages from three of Nichiren's writings: "The Essentials for Attaining Buddhahood," "On Attaining Buddhahood in This Lifetime" and "Winter Always Turns to Spring." The exam was held at 36 venues in 13 states throughout the nation.
[Adapted from articles in the December 26 and 28, 2012, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]