Ikeda Wisdom Academy

Ikeda Wisdom Academy: December 2016

Review for the Ikeda Wisdom Academy Exam II


Ikeda Wisdom Academy is an SGI-USA Youth Division movement to engage youth leaders in advanced study.

Workbook Questions From
The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, vol. 5

IWA Workbook 2016The following are questions from the Ikeda Wisdom Academy Exam II Workbook, which was sent to participants who registered to take the exam. The reference pages after each question indicate where the answer can be found in volume 5 of The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra.

Question #49

What is considered “supreme benefit” in Buddhism? What is the relationship between benefit and “getting rid of evil in one’s life and bringing forth good”? (pp. 4–6)

Question #54

“The Benefits of Responding With Joy” chapter states: “These people, after hearing, respond with joy and they too set about spreading the teachings. One person, having heard, responds with joy and spreads the teachings, and the teachings in this way continue to be handed along from one to another until they reach a fiftieth person” (The Lotus Sutra and Its Opening and Closing Sutras, pp. 286–87). What is the “benefit of the fiftieth person” and how does this illustrate kosen-rufu? (pp. 33–39)

Question #58

Nichiren Daishonin says: “The heart of the Buddha’s lifetime of teachings is the Lotus Sutra, and the heart of the practice of the Lotus Sutra is found in the ‘Never Disparaging’ chapter”; and “What does Bodhisattva Never Disparaging’s profound respect for people signify? The purpose of the appearance in this world of Shakyamuni Buddha, the lord of teachings, lies in his _______________________” (“The Three Kinds of Treasure,” The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin, vol. 1, pp. 851–52). How does this explain the “essence of Buddhism”? (pp. 91–92)

Question #66

President Ikeda says, “Shakyamuni was a bodhisattva and at the same time a Buddha” (p. 135). Explain the term bodhisattva-Buddha. (pp. 134–40)

Los Angeles Photo: David Witkowski.
Los Angeles Photo: David Witkowski.


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“Everything passes. Both the soaring joys and crushing sorrows fade away like a dream. However, the memory of having lived one’s life to the fullest never disappears. The memories of having worked wholeheartedly for kosen-rufu in particular are eternal.”

—SGI President Ikeda
The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, vol. 5, p. 261

Ikeda Wisdom Academy Exam II Guidelines

> Be district through national youth leaders.
> Have passed the SGI-USA Introductory Exam
> Have received in the mail the Ikeda Wisdom Academy Exam II Workbook

(pp. 34–35)