Announcing the 2017 Ikeda Wisdom
Academy Part II Exam
Ikeda Wisdom Academy is an SGI-USA Youth Division movement to engage youth leaders in advanced study.
In 2015, the SGI-USA held its first-ever youth leaders study exam, covering The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, volumes 1–3. We are excited to introduce Part II of this exam, covering volumes 4–6 of the dialogue series on the Lotus Sutra. This will mark the first four years of the Ikeda Wisdom Academy, named by SGI President Ikeda, who said in his message to the first North America SGI Youth Leaders Study Conference, where the Academy was established:
Nichiren Daishonin wrote to the young Nanjo Tokimitsu, “My wish is that all my disciples make a great vow” (“The Dragon Gate,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, p. 1003). This one statement constitutes the Daishonin’s eternal guideline for all youth throughout the 10,000 years of the Latter Day of the Law.
As youth, you face all sorts of difficulties, and wrestle each day with worries and problems. Precisely for this reason, it is crucial that you stand up with a great vow and strive to achieve a fundamental goal. Once you decide what is fundamental, nothing that happens will sway you, and you can grow by leaps and bounds. (February 15, 2013, World Tribune, p. 2)
The following are some frequently asked questions about the exam. If you have any further questions, contact your local leaders or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. What is the Ikeda Wisdom Academy?
A. On January 26, 2013, SGI President Ikeda named the SGI-USA youth study program the Ikeda Wisdom Academy. Since then, district and up youth leaders around the country have been studying The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra series twice a month.
Q. What is the academy’s purpose?
A. The program aims to help youth deepen their understanding of their mission as Bodhisattvas of the Earth rooted in the oneness of mentor and disciple; develop confidence to share Buddhism with others; and ensure that the SGI never strays from its mission to serve the people based on the practice of Nichiren Buddhism.
Q. What will the exam cover?
A. Volumes 4–6 of The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra series.
Q. Who is eligible?
A. Youth division members who: 1) are district through national leaders, 2) have passed the Introductory Exam through October 2016 and 3) who have registered online for the exam by Friday, September 30.
Q. How can I prepare?
A. Online registration for the exam will be open on September 1 and end on September 30. Those who register online will receive a workbook in the mail. Afterward, you can study together with your fellow Ikeda Wisdom Academy members.
Online registration for the exam opens on September 1 and ends on September 30. Those who register will get a free exam workbook by mail.
Finish study meetings for The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, volume 6.
Review materials from The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, volumes 4–6, on your own and at Ikeda Wisdom Academy meetings.
JANUARY 29, 2017
Take the Ikeda Wisdom Academy Exam, Part 2, at local centers.
Syllabus – September 2016
The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, Volume 6
PART 5: “Former Affairs of King Wonderful Adornment“ Chapter
SECTION 6: The Victory of a Family Revolution, pp. 171-208
Syllabus, photos and discussion questions:
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Ikeda Wisdom Academy videos and study guides:
We may casually say “actual proof” and “human revolution,” but in reality these are not easy to achieve . . . Only by carrying out faith single-mindedly dedicated to the achievement of kosen-rufu can we change our karma.
—SGI President Ikeda
The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, vol. 6, p. 196
Ikeda Wisdom Academy Part II Guidelines
Academy members should:
> Be district through national youth leaders.
> Have their own copy of The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, vols. 4–6.
> Read the assigned material prior to each meeting.