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Back to listFeb 17, 2012

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Shown in Spain

Visitors learning a history of the Lotus SutraVisitors study the history of the Lotus Sutra

On February 17, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and SGI-Spain co-organized the "Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" exhibition at the recently-opened SGI-Spain Culture Center in Madrid.  

The exhibition contains photographs and panels introducing the history and transmission of the Lotus Sutra. Panel images include one of the historic Dunhuang cave paintings in China which depict the seven parables of the Lotus Sutra.

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Dr. Carlos Rubio, supervising editor of the Spanish translation of The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin and professor of Japanese language and literature at the Complutense University of Madrid, spoke on the message of harmonious coexistence and hope expounded in the Lotus Sutra.

Dr. Rubio also highlighted SGI President Daisaku Ikeda's contribution toward reviving the Lotus Sutra’s philosophy of humanism. He likened the Lotus Sutra to water, as it can change its shape to fit in any container and also has the ability to nourish life. Lastly, Dr. Rubio shared his belief in the value of the teachings of the Lotus Sutra in modern-day society and its ability to help people gain clarity.  

SGI-Spain General Director Enrique Caputo expressed his hope for the exhibition to help advance peace and contribute to the development of society through transcending religious and philosophical differences.

The exhibition will be shown until March 10, 2012.

[Adapted from an article in the February 21, 2012, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan; photo courtesy of Seikyo Shimbun]