Ikeda Wisdom Academy is an SGI-USA Youth Division movement to engage all youth leaders in advanced study. Starting in March 2013, academy members have studied The Wisdom of the Lotus Sutra series to deepen their understanding of practicing Nichiren Buddhism.
Ikeda Wisdom Academy was named by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda on January 26, 2013, during the North America SGI Youth Leaders Study Conference. On that occasion, he sent a message quoting from Nichiren: “My wish is that all my disciples make a great vow” (WND-1, 1003). With this as the foundation, the Ikeda Wisdom Academy program was designed as a youth leaders study program to ensure the future of kosen-rufu based on the oneness of mentor and disciple. Our motto is: “protecting the mentor & the teachings.”
Two local academy meetings are held each month to study and discuss the series with fellow academy members, accompanied by video overviews as support material for each meeting. The goal of the academy is to raise young leaders to battle hopelessness and despair that pervade our society into one of hope and purpose.
President Ikeda states, “The Lotus Sutra teaches of the great hidden treasure of the heart, as vast as the universe itself, which dispels any feelings of powerlessness. It teaches a dynamic way of living in which we breathe the immense life of the universe itself. It teaches the true great adventure of self-reformation” (WLS-1, p. 14).
October: WLS Volume 1 (Workbook pp. 5-16)
November: WLS Volume 2 (Workbook pp. 17-34)
December: WLS Volume 3 (Workbook pp. 35-48)
January 11, 2015: Exam Day (Remember to bring your Membership ID to the exam!)
Please note: There will be one review video provided each month - make sure you bring your workbooks to the review!
Here are a few resources to study for the Ikeda Wisdom Academy Exam, which will be held January 11, 2015.
- Workbook: You can receive a free study workbook when you register for the exam at tinyurl.com/ikedawisdomacademy2015.
- Videos: You can access all Ikeda Wisdom Academy videos here: http://www.sgi-usa.org/memberresources/youthdivision/iwa.php
- Each issue of the Living Buddhism this year has featured a spread covering Ikeda Wisdom Academy study and experiences. In the months of October, November and December, the magazine will highlight additional key points.
- Study in groups, at your meetings, in pairs, and on your own! Most importantly, have fun and enjoy learning what true Buddhist study means to you! If you have any questions, please contact your local organization for more details. Or, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget to submit photos with a caption and photo credit!