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Buddhist Study Exam

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We hope 2019 is proving to be a true Year of Soka Victory for you. 

This year, SGI Canada’s first official study exam -- the Level 1 Basics of Nichiren Buddhism exam -- will be written across the country. 

The SGI Canada Day General Meetings will be held on Sunday, October 6, and the other major activity that month will be the Level 1 Basics of Nichiren Buddhism Study Exam. October 27 will be the main date for writing the exam. Since the districts will be the venues for the exam, additional or alternate dates can be scheduled anytime from October 12 to November 3. This will give maximum opportunity to encourage as many people as possible to participate.

This is a historic moment for us all. It’s a great opportunity for us to strengthen our faith, deepen our understanding of Nichiren Buddhism and SGI -- and have some fun. Here’s what you need to know: 

What’s the exam about?

The exam is based on the booklet The Basics of Nichiren Buddhism for the New Era of Worldwide Kosen-rufu. There are two sections: “The Basics of Nichiren Buddhism” and “Worldwide Kosen-rufu and the Soka Gakkai.” The first part is about Nichiren Daishonin’s life and the most essential principles of his teachings. The second part is about the lineage and tradition of Buddhist humanism, from Shakyamuni to the Soka Gakkai, which developed into the worldwide SGI movement through the leadership of the three founding presidents and overcame adversities in the same spirit as Nichiren Daishonin.  

Who can write the exam?

Everyone. You and your interested friends and family are all welcome to participate and enjoy the experience. 

I’ve only been practising a short time. And my friends have only been to a couple of meetings.

That’s okay. The study material is easy to understand, and we’ll be talking about all of this in your district between now and October. 

Does it cost anything to write the exam?

Participating in the exam is free, but in order to study the material you’ll want to purchase the study material booklet, which is available for $4.00 at our SGI Canada bookstores. 

Where do I go to write the exam?

You’ll be writing the exam where your district usually meets. Some districts might arrange a different place if it’s more convenient. 

When is the exam taking place?

Sunday, October 27 is the official date, but if you can’t make it that day, you can arrange for another date up to and including Sunday, November 3. 

What does the exam look like?

It will be a multiple-choice exam that should take less than an hour to complete. 

When will I find out if I passed?

You’ll see a corrected version of the exam in the December issue of our publications, and you should have your mark before the end of the year. 

What happens if I fail?

As President Ikeda says, “Please don’t worry! ...The exam will be held many more times, so you definitely have the opportunity to challenge it again” (The New Human Revolution, Volume 26, “Bold Advance”, p.306). We will be holding this exam every year, so you can take it again with no worries. 

Okay, I’ll sign up. How do I do it?

Simply inform the District Exam Representative in your district. Please indicate in which language you’d like to write the exam (English, French or Chinese), and whether you can write it on October 27—or if you need to arrange another date, as explained above. 

How about if I have questions?

The District Exam Representative in your district may have the answers. But if not, you can always email us at study@sgicanada.org 

Congratulations! See you in October!

Study Guide in English
Study Guide in French
Study Guide in Chinese