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Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in New Delhi, India

From April 16-23, 2008, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) together with Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) and the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Science, cohosted the exhibition “The Lotus Sutra–A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence.” This was held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in New Delhi. Several leading figures participated in the opening ceremony, including, Delhi’s Social Welfare and Health Minister Dr. Yoganand Shastri, eminent Lotus Sutra scholar and Director of the International Academy of Indian Culture Dr. Lokesh Chandra and IGNCA member Secretary Dr. K.K. Chakravbarty.
 
Following greetings from delegates, Dr. Lokesh Chandra offered his keynote speech. Introducing the Lotus Sutra, which seeks to provide answers to the fundamental sufferings of illness, aging, death and human existence, he said that the sutra has played a central role in India’s freedom movement.
 
Approximately 6,600 visitors attended the exhibition and some newspaper companies and a national broadcasting station in India reported the exhibition and a seminar conducted at the same time. The report resonated with many audiences in India.


Organizers: The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP),
                     Bharat Soka Gakkai (BSG) and
                     St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Science
Venue:         The Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in New Delhi
Date:            April 16-23, 2008




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