The Institute of Oriental Philosophy
Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in KobeOn August 25-November 4, 2012, “The Lotus Sutra–A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence” exhibition was held at the Kansai International Culture Center in Kobe, Japan. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of its founding, the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) co-organized this exhibition with Soka Gakkai. The opening ceremony was held at the center, and 170 guests, including Fan Jinshi, director of the Dunhuang Academy, Liu Yongzeng, director of Dunhuang Academy’s Archaeological Research Institute, Shigenobu Kimura, emeritus director of the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art and Tsutomu Shinobara, emeritus professor of Osaka University, attended the ceremony.
From left, Yoshiki Tanigawa, Soka Gakkai Vice President, Shigenobu Kimura,
emeritus director of the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Fan Jinshi,
director of the Dunhuang Academy; Tsutomu Shinobara, emeritus professor of
Osaka University, and Yoichi Kawada, IOP
At the special lecture, also organized by the IOP and Soka Gakkai at the same venue on August 23, Ms. Fan spoke on the ancient town of Dunhuang―located in the Gobi Desert in northwestern China—as an important gateway to the West, a center of commerce along the Silk Road and a mecca for religious and cultural exchange.
On August 24, Ms. Fan and Mr. Liu visited the Soka Gakkai Headquarters in Tokyo, and met with Soka Gakkai President Minoru Harada. Ms. Fan expressed her appreciation for SGI (Soka Gakkai International) President Ikeda’s efforts to promote peace and cultural exchange throughout the world.