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Back to listOct 22, 2009

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Bangalore, India

From October 16-22, 2009, the exhibition "Lotus Sutra—A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" was shown in Bangalore, India. The five-day cultural event took place at one of the leading art and culture institutions in Bangalore—the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath.

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The exhibition was co-organized by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy and Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG), supported by the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the International Academy of Indian Culture. The show displays rare manuscripts, microfilms, facsimile editions, romanized texts and panels depicting parables from the Lotus Sutra. During the opening ceremony, a short movie produced by BSG Bangalore on the Lotus Sutra and SGI was also screened.

Despite being showcased during the festive weekend of Diwali, over 1,500 visitors from educational and cultural institutions and enthusiasts across the city attended the exhibition. The guest of honor, Governor of Karnataka, His Excellency Shri Hans Raj Bhardwaj remarked: "The Lotus Sutra teaches peaceful coexistence, which is the solution to society's turbulent state today."

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Participants included Prof. M. A. Lakshmi Thathachar, noted historian and president of the Samskriti Foundation, Naveena Reddi, BSG general director, and BSG youth representatives Subhadra Puttaya and P. R. Satish.

Professor Thathachar spoke about the wealth of manuscripts in India and lauded the efforts made by SGI to preserve Buddhist heritage. He urged that more people be trained and taught various scripts to enable preservation of such valuable ancient works, which contain teachings applicable to all people.


[Adapted from a report from Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG); photos courtesy of BSG]