Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Sri Lanka




Bandula Gunawardana Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardana (right) at the exhibition

From May 25-26, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and SGI-Sri Lanka sponsored the exhibition "Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" at the Royal College in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The exhibition, shown for the second time in Sri Lanka, was shown in conjunction with the 2013 International Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi Buddhist Film Festival sponsored by the Light of Asia Foundation.

The film festival has been organized annually since 2009 to coincide with vesak, a holiday held traditionally to observe the birth, enlightenment and death of Shakyamuni Buddha.

Lotus Sutra Manuscripts Series The Lotus Sutra Manuscripts Series

Some 100 people attended the exhibition's official opening on May 25, including Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardana, Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister Sirisena Amarasekara and Dr. Sanjay Garg, former Deputy Director of the National Archives of India and Deputy Director (Research) of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Cultural Centre in Sri Lanka.

The exhibition, which has panels in Sinhala, Tamil and English, introduces the history and transmission of the Lotus Sutra and features excerpts from the sutra's seven parables and from the IOP's Lotus Sutra Manuscripts Series, an ongoing project commissioned by the Soka Gakkai.

The series aims to promote and facilitate the study of the Lotus Sutra by making facsimile and romanized versions available to academic institutions around the world.

[Adapted from an article in the May 29, 2013, issue of Seikyo Shimbun, photos courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]

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