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Study for a Victorious Life

SGI USA members in Minneapolis take the Introductory Exam in early 2019.


Buddhist study,” SGI President Ikeda says, “provides us with a great philosophy that serves as a compass to traverse the stormy and perilous seas of life. The more solid our foundation in Buddhist study, the stronger our faith will grow” (Dec. 9, 2005, World Tribune, p. 2).

On Sept. 29, members and guests throughout the country can further solidify their understanding of the basics of Nichiren Buddhism by taking part in the SGI-USA online Introductory Exam.

Here are some important details to keep in mind:

What are the dates and locations of the SGI-USA Introductory Exam?

The SGI-USA Introductory Exam will be held on Sept. 29 at local SGI-USA centers, where applicable. Please speak to your local leader for specific details. The exam will be offered in English only.

Who can take it?

The intro exam is for new members and members who have not yet taken it or who did not pass previously. Guests can also take the exam.

How do I register?

Examinees will need to register for the exam via their SGI-USA Portal Account. Visit portal.sgi-usa.org, click on “My Exams” and then “Register.” Guests will need to create an account. The registration deadline is Sept. 26 at 11:59 p.m. PT.

Is there study material to help me prepare?

All exam questions are from An Introduction to Buddhism, which members receive upon joining the SGI-USA. The booklet can also be purchased at SGI-USA bookstores for $2 or downloaded for free at sgi-usa.org by clicking on “Member Resources,” then “Exam Study Guides.” Sample questions are available through this link as well.

Is there study material to help me prepare?

All exam questions are from An Introduction to Buddhism, which members receive upon joining the SGI-USA. The booklet can also be purchased at SGI-USA bookstores for $2 or downloaded for free at sgi-usa.org by clicking on “Member Resources,” then “Exam Study Guides.” Sample questions are available through this link as well.

What do I need to bring on the day of?

Examinees must bring a smart phone, tablet or laptop to take the exam online at a designated SGI-USA location.