Lotus Sutra Exhibition in Macau Conveys Timeless Spiritual Message
From June 22-29, 2007, "The Flowering of the Lotus Along the Silk Road" exhibition was held at the Lou Lim Ieoc Garden in Macau. Previously held in Hong Kong as "The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence," the exhibition displays a rare collection of artifacts and calligraphic and pictorial representations of the Lotus Sutra including historic originals and reproductions from India, Nepal, China and Japan. Exhibition organizers are the Chinese Cultural Exchange Association in Macau, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Science.
At the exhibition opening held on June 22, Vice President Tam Vai Man of the Administrative Council of the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau in Macau offered his congratulations and voiced his desire that the exhibition would bring cooperation and hope to the citizens of Macau. Messages from IOP founder Daisaku Ikeda and Chinese University of Hong Kong Professor Emeritus Jao Tsung-I, one of China's preeminent scholars, were introduced. Among the guests attending the opening, was the National People's Congress representative Chui Sai Peng, who expressed his appreciation to the organizers and the SGI for providing the opportunity to see the many rare items. Another guest, Liu Xiaohang, director of the Publicity and Cultural Affairs Department of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in Macau, stated his belief that the exhibit conveys a spiritual message that the Lotus Sutra is of vital importance in the contemporary world.
[Adapted from an article in the July 4, 2007 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]