2017 SGI-USA Introductory Exam

From October 28-29, 2017.

Indispensable— SGI-USA youth challenge themselves to deepen their understanding of Nichiren Buddhism. Photo: Chuck Gomez.

This October, the SGI-USA will offer the Introductory Exam for members and guests. This is an opportunity for those taking the exam to study and deepen their understanding of Nichiren Buddhism.

• This exam is open to anyone who has not taken or passed a previous Introductory Exam, which is the first level of exams in the SGI-USA.

• The booklet An Introduction to Buddhism contains all the material for this exam. All new members receive this booklet upon joining the SGI-USA, and it is also sold in SGI-USA bookstores for $2. You can also download the booklet for free at www.

• The 40 sample questions in the September Living Buddhism are all based on the material in An Introduction to Buddhism, second edition.

• The exam consists of 20 multiple-choice questions, and it will be graded as pass/no pass.

• Times and locations of the exams will be communicated through your local SGI organization.

To register for the
Introductory Exam:




Study Exams: An SGI Tradition

Today, many thinking people are re-evaluating their lives and searching for the path to genuine happiness. The ultimate answer to this quest is found in Nichiren Buddhism. Learning about and studying the hope-filled philosophy of human revolution is the purpose of the study exams that have become an SGI tradition . . .

A seeking spirit in faith gives rise to boundless benefit. A spirit to encourage others to reveal their Buddha nature shines with the spirit of the Lotus Sutra.

The important thing is that, through the study exam, members feel even more inspired to keep improving themselves, deepen their faith and advance kosen-rufu . . .

With regard to reading the writings of Nichiren Daishonin, second Soka Gakkai President Josei Toda said, “Rather than simply trying to understand the Daishonin’s words, I seek to come into contact with his immense compassion, his towering conviction, his ardent spirit to aid and protect others, and his solemn and unswerving commitment to kosen-rufu.”

—July 3, 2015, World Tribune, p. 3