SGI Members in Europe and Taiwan Take Buddhist Study Exams
SGI members of all ages in Europe took Buddhist study exams of various levels in November, celebrated in the SGI as the month of Soka Gakkai’s founding (on November 18, 1930). Topics covered in the exams included Buddhist concepts and key passages from The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin.
The exams were administered in nine different languages and taken by some 10,000 members in 24 European countries, including Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Ireland, Austria, the UK, France and Hungary.
In his message to the examinees, SGI President Daisaku Ikeda encouraged each person to become "an expert in hope," "an expert in happiness" and "an expert in victory."
In Taiwan, some 5,700 Taiwan Soka Association (TSA) members also took entrance-level exams at 38 venues around the country on November 11.
[Adapted from an article in the November 24, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan, an article in the November 20, 2012, issue of Harmony Press, Taiwan Soka Association and an article in the November 21, 2012, issue of the SGI-UK Online News Bulletin; photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun and SGI-UK]