Lotus Sutra Exhibition Debuts in Argentina

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On September 25, “The Lotus Sutra—A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence” exhibition created by the SGI-affiliated Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) opened for the first time in Argentina at University of Salvador (USAL) in Buenos Aires. Co-organized by USAL, the IOP and SGI-Argentina, the exhibition was brought to USAL at the request of Carlos Manuel Rúa, director of the School of Oriental Studies at the university.

Hiromasa IkedaViewing the exhibition

The opening ceremony was attended by Juan José Cresto, president of the Argentine Academy of History, and Francisco Delich, director of the Daisaku Ikeda International Center for Peace Studies (CIDIEP), and other scholars. In his speech, Dr. Cresto spoke on the history of philosophy and the Lotus Sutra’s central tenet—the unlimited potential of the individual. SGI-Argentina General Director Oscar Victor Fernández also attended.

The exhibition includes works from the Soka Gakkai’s Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series such as The facsimile edition of Gilgit Lotus Sutra Manuscripts. The original manuscripts are held in the National Archives of India.

To date, the exhibition has been shown in 12 countries and territories including Brazil, Hong Kong, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the UK.

The exhibition ran until October 6.

[Adapted from an article in the October 1, 2014, issue of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]

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