Ikeda Wisdom Academy

Ikeda Wisdom Academy: January 2017

Review for the Ikeda Wisdom Academy Exam II


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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. 6

IWA Workbook 2016

The 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 6 of The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra.

Question #98

In explaining the origins of Bodhisattva Perceiver of the World’s Sounds, the sutra says, “His vast oath is as deep as the ocean” (LSOC, 344). Regarding this, Nichiren Daishonin says, “It could never come about that the prayers of the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ of the Lotus Sutra would go unanswered” (WND-1, 345). What is the relationship between the vow and our prayers being answered? (WLS-6, 128–29)

Question #100

The “Dharani” chapter includes the following story: Through Shakyamuni’s encouragement, _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ have a change of heart and vow to protect practitioners of the Law. The Buddha, seeing their transformation, praises them saying: “Excellent, excellent! If you shield and guard those who accept and uphold the mere name of the Lotus Sutra, your merit will be immeasurable” (LSOC, 352). Thus, this chapter praises women. What else does this chapter teach? (WLS-6, 141–49)

Question #104

Regarding his own parents, Nichiren Daishonin says, “Before I die, I will transfer the great blessings deriving from my practice to my parents who gave me life” (WND-1, 402). What is the correct approach to encouraging parents and children to embrace faith? What is the attitude we should have toward family members? (WLS-6, 198–206)

Question #106

In response to Bodhisattva Universal Worthy’s question about how people can “acquire” the Lotus Sutra, Shakyamuni explains four conditions: “First, they must be protected and kept in mind by the Buddhas. Second, they must plant the roots of virtue. Third, they must enter the stage where they are sure of reaching enlightenment. Fourth, they must conceive a determination to save all living beings” (LSOC, 361). These four conditions correspond to four essential points of daily practice in the SGI. Please write a brief explanation of each. (WLS-6, 216–18)

Embracing the Gohonzon: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Chanting daimoku: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Maintaining the harmonious body of practitioners: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Advancing kosen-rufu: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Chicago Photo: Rick Geldmyer.
Chicago Photo: Rick Geldmyer.

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Word

Without putting our whole lives into creating something from nothing, we cannot know genuine faith. The intense challenge to create value—to change loss into gain, bad into good, and baseness into beauty— this is the spirit of Soka.

—SGI President Ikeda, from The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra, vol. 6, p. 245


Ikeda Wisdom Academy Exam II Guidelines

> 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

(pp. 38–39)