The Institute of Oriental Philosophy

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Opens in Hokkaido, Japan

On October 4, 2014, the exhibition “The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence” co-sponsored by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and Soka Gakkai was opened at Hokkaido Ikeda Hall in Sapporo, Japan.

175 people attended the official opening, including Mr. Teng Anjun from the Consulate-General of the People's Republic of China in Sapporo and Mr. Andrey A. Fabrichnikov from the  Consulate-General of the Russian Federation in Sapporo.

On exhibit were some 150 items including reproductions of Lotus Sutra manuscripts in Sanskrit, Khotan Saka, Uighur, Chinese, Tangut, Tibetan and Mongolian. Buddhist cultural and artistic works depicting flying Apsaras--celestial nymphs--from the Dunhuang Mogao Caves were also on display.

In addition, a reproduction of the Lion Capital of Ashoka--a sculpture of four Indian lions standing back to back that ad
orned the top of the Pillar of Ashoka in Sarnath, India was exhibited, as well as Mahatma Gandhi’s prayer book used in his ashram.

To date, the Lotus Sutra exhibition has toured several countries around the world, including India, Napal, the UK, Brazil, Malaysia and Argentina. It has also shown in 3 cities in Japan, including Tokyo, Kobe and Fukuoka.

Over 57,000 people view Lotus Sutra exhibition in Hokkaido, Japan

The exhibition, "The Lotus Sutra--A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" was held at the Hokkaido Ikeda Hall from October 4 to November 4, 2014. More than 57,000 people from Hokkaido, as well as from Kansai, the Kyushu region and overseas, viewed the exhibition.

One of the viewers said, "I was very touched by Kumarajiva's beautiful Chinese translation of the Lotus Sutra and impressed to learn that various manuscripts had been protected by researchers during World War II."
Another viwer said, "The exhibition was wonderful. It gave me a great opportunity to learn how the Lotus Sutra was transmitted and eventually accepted by a large number of people." A young woman added, "I was moved by the fact thta Shakyamuni's teachings were orally transmitted by his disciples, then transcribed, translated, and finally spread eastward on  a massive scale."

Organizers: The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and Soka Gakkai
Supporters: Dunhuang Academy China, The Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, The International Academy of Indian Culture, Hokkaido Shimbun Press, Hokkaido branch, The Mainichi Newspapers, The Yomiuri Shimbun Hokkaido branch office, The Asahi Shimbun Hokkaido Branch, Hokkaido Broadcasting Co.,Ltd., The Sapporo Television Broadcasting Co.,Ltd., Hokkaido Cultural Broadcasting Co.,Ltd., Television Hokkaido Broadcasting Co.,Ltd., The STVradio Broadcasting Co.,Ltd., FM Hokkaido Broadcasting Co., Ltd., and FM North Wave Co., Ltd.
Venue: Hokkaido Ikeda Hall in Sapporo, Japan
Date: October 5 - November 3, 2014

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