Soka Gakkai International
Buddhism in Action for Peace
On May 3, “The Lotus Sutra—A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence” exhibition opened at Soka Gakkai International of Hong Kong (HKSGI) Culture Center in Kowloon, organized by HKSGI and the SGI-affiliated Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP).
Created by the IOP, the exhibition introduces the history and transmission of the Lotus Sutra and features materials related to the sutra’s seven parables and the IOP’s Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series, an ongoing project commissioned by Soka Gakkai to produce facsimile editions of original Lotus Sutra manuscripts.
Among the special guests who attended the opening ceremony were: Jao Tsung-I, professor emeritus at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Florence Hui Hiu-fai, under secretary for the Home Affairs Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Dr. Yoichi Kawada, director of IOP; and John Ng Chor Yuk, general director of HKSGI.
Guided tours of the exhibition, which was on display from May 4–25 and was viewed by over 16,000 people, were provided in Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese and English. There were also family workshops in Cantonese centered around the parables of the Lotus Sutra.
Also on May 3, Dr. Kawada lectured on SGI and the Lotus Sutra, and IOP research fellow Dr. Hideyuki Matsumori lectured on the Lotus Sutra in China.
Since the beginning of the year, organized by Taiwan Soka Association (TSA), the Lotus Sutra exhibition has also been on tour in Taiwan. The first showing was at the Changhua Culture Center in Changhua County, where some 11,500 people viewed the exhibition between January 25 and April 19. On May 2, the exhibition opened at the TSA Fongshan Culture Center in Kaohsiung City and it will be on display there until July 19. At the opening ceremony, Hung Ken-Shen, artist and adjunct professor at the Department of Fine Arts at the National Kaohsiung Normal University, presented TSA General Director Lin Chao with a manuscript of the complete Lotus Sutra that he had copied by hand in Chinese as an expression of his appreciation for TSA’s promotion of peace, culture, and education.
[Adapted from an article in the May 9, 2015, issue of Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan, and articles in the April 29 and May 8, 2015, issues of Soka Press Online News, Taiwan Soka Association (TSA); photos courtesy of TSA]
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