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On February 16, “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 Malaysia at Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM)’s Wisma Kebudayaan culture center in Kuala Lumpur. This showing, co-organized by SGM and the IOP, was in both English and Chinese and marks the exhibition’s debut in South-east Asia.
The exhibition is supported by a number of international organizations including the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Dunhuang Academy and the International Academy of Indian Culture. Within Malaysia, it is supported by the University of Malaya’s Centre for Civilizational Dialogue and various government departments and ministries including the Department of National Unity and Integration in the Prime Minister’s Department and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia.
At the opening, SGM General Director Koh Sia Feai spoke, and IOP Director Dr. Yoichi Kawada introduced the work of the IOP. YB Tan Sri Datuk Panglima Joseph Kurup, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, sent a message marking the occasion in which he welcomed the exhibition’s message of peace, harmony and coexistence. Keynote speaker Dr. Lokesh Chandra, director of the International Academy of Indian Culture, then gave an address titled “Universal Values and the Lotus Sutra.”
In addition to some 140 artefacts including replicas of manuscripts of the Lotus Sutra in various languages, the exhibition features replicas of cave paintings from the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, China, and relics that date back over 1,000 years from the Lembah Bujang Archaeological Museum.
Other special features include animations of parables found in the Lotus Sutra and a “Lotus Sutra treasure hunt” activity for children.
The exhibition will run until May 11.
[Adapted from a report from Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM); photos courtesy of SGM]
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