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Lotus Sutra Exhibition Shown in Nepal and India

100804x_nepal_lotus_sutra_exhibition At the Tribhuvan University Central Library in Kathmandu, Nepal

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), together with SGI-Nepal, cosponsored the exhibition "Lotus Sutra, A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" at three venues in Kathmandu, Nepal, from July 31 to August 4, 2010. This was the exhibition's first showing in Nepal, the birthplace of Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha.

The official opening ceremony for the exhibition took place at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center on July 31. Among the attendees were Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Tri Ratna Manandhar of Lumbini Buddha University, Kathmandu, Nepal; Dr. Bhadra Ratna Bajracharya, chairman of the Lotus Sutra Research Center; and P.L. Singh, former mayor of Kathmandu. Additional guests included Buddhist scholars, local civic leaders and approximately 100 citizens from the community. Dr. Manandhar delivered a welcoming address in which he expressed his appreciation for IOP and SGI-Nepal's efforts to organize the exhibition, which has provided opportunities to learn more about the philosophy of the Lotus Sutra.

100731x_nepal_peace_center.jpg At the SGI-Nepal Peace Center

The exhibition, which consists of panels displaying an array of Lotus Sutra artifacts that have been gathered from scholars around the world, has been shown in Australia, Germany, Hong Kong, Spain and Thailand to date.

Considered to be the king of sutras, the Lotus Sutra was originally written on palm leaves, and much later copied on to microfilm. These microfilm manuscripts proved difficult to read and, as a result, Soka Gakkai commissioned IOP to take on the task of producing Romanized text versions of the Lotus Sutra manuscripts with the help of museums and academic institutions from around the world. Currently, 12 Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series have been published in Romanized form.

100813x_india_lotus_sutra_exhibition.jpg The Lotus Sutra exhibition in Calcutta, India

At the opening, Dr. Bhadra Ratna Bajracharya spoke about the Lotus Sutra Research Center's work to preserve the spirit of the Lotus Sutra. He also commended Soka Gakkai for organizing the Lotus Sutra exhibition and for helping to spread the philosophy of harmony and coexistence expounded in the Lotus Sutra.

From August 7-13, the Lotus Sutra exhibition was shown for the first time in Calcutta, India. The exhibition was jointly organized by IOP, Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations' (ICCR) Rabindranath Tagore Centre in Calcutta. Some 3,000 viewed the exhibition during its seven-day showing in Calcutta.

 [Adapted from articles in the August 11 and 31, 2010, issues of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photos courtesy of SGI-Nepal and Bharat (India) Soka Gakkai]