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Calling All Ikeda Wisdom Academy Members

2017 Ikeda Wisdom Academy Part II Exam

White Plains, N.Y. Photo: Maya Ono.


On Jan. 29, youth across the country will take the SGI-USA Ikeda Wisdom Academy Exam II, covering volumes 4–6 of SGI President Ikeda’s The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra series. The exam will mark the completion of the first class of the Ikeda Wisdom Academy, an advanced study program for youth leaders founded by President Ikeda on Jan. 26, 2013.

In line with its motto, “Protecting the Mentor & the Teachings,” the academy enables youth participants to clearly understand the lineage of Buddhist humanism—from Shakyamuni to Nichiren Daishonin to the SGI—and to deepen their awareness and conviction in the SGI’s practice to combat today’s pervasive powerlessness in society.

“It is crucial that you stand up with a great vow and strive to achieve a fundamental goal.”

The ultimate aim of the Ikeda Wisdom Academy is to foster youth who share the same vow and responsibility as their mentor to accomplish kosen-rufu, protect the SGI and widely expand our movement of peace for centuries to come.

President Ikeda speaks of this spirit in his inaugural message to the group, saying in part:

“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” (Feb. 15, 2013, World Tribune, p. 2).

To qualify for the Ikeda Wisdom Academy Exam II, you must be a youth leader at the district through national level who has registered for the exam, as well as have passed the SGI-USA Introductory Exam. The second class of the Ikeda Wisdom Academy will launch in February. For more information, please contact your local line leader or email ikedawisdomacademy@sgi-usa.org.

 

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