The Institute of Oriental Philosophy

Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in London, UK

From November 22-27, 2011, the exhibition “The Lotus Sutra—A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence” was held at the SGI-UK’s London Ikeda Peace Centre. The exhibition was the result of cooperation between the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and SGI-UK and support by the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the British Library’s International Dunhuang Project and the Royal Academy Asiatic Society.
Against the historical backdrop of the transmission of Buddhism from India to Asia, the exhibition focuses on the continuing appeal of the Lotus Sutra’s essential message of peace and coexistence, and how it has been widely embraced by diverse ethnic groups.
Following the greetings from SGI-UK General Director Robert Samuels, IOP Director Yoichi Kawada delivered his speech. He introduced the activities of the IOP, whose purpose is to transmit wisdom of the orient to the world. He expressed his wish that the light of wisdom, which is necessary for humankind, will be illuminated by the exhibition. 
There were numbers of eminent delegates present, including Dr. Lucia Dolce and Dr. Ulrich Pagel from the University of London and Professor Eileen Barker from the London School of Economics.

On November 23, a symposium was held to commemorate the opening of the exhibition.
The following presentations were delivered at the commemorative symposium:
1) Yoichi Kawada (IOP Director)
 “Contemporary Civilization and the Lotus Sutra”
2) Hiroshi Kanno (IOP Senior Research Fellow)
 “Saddharma and the One Buddha Vehicle in the Lotus Sutra”
3) Halle Elizabeth O’Neal (Kansas University)
 “Continental Origins and Culture of Copying: An Examination of the Prototypes and Textualized Community of the Japanese Jeweled-Stupa Mandalas”
4) Max Deeg (Cardiff University, Head of School of History, Archeology and Religion)
 “From Scholarly Object to Religious Text--the Story of the Lotus-sutra in the West”

Organizer: The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP)
Sponsors:   SGI-UK,
                   The Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
                   The British Library’s International Dunhuang Project and
                   The Royal Academy Asiatic Society
Venue:       SGI-UK London Ikeda Peace Centre
Date:          November 22-27, 2011

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