The Institute of Oriental Philosophy
Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Nepal
The opening ceremony took place at the SGI-Nepal Peace Center on July 31. Among the attendees were Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Tri Ratna Manandhar of Lumbini Buddha University, Kathmandu, Nepal and Dr. Bhadra Ratna Bajracharya, chairman of the Lotus Sutra Research Center. Additional guests included Buddhist scholars, local civic leaders and approximately 100 citizens from the community.
In his message, SGI (Soka Gakkai International) President Ikeda congratulated the holding of the exhibition in Nepal where he visited 15 years ago. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Tribhuvan University on November 3, 1995. Following his message, Dr. Manandhar delivered a welcoming address in which he expressed his appreciation for the IOP and SGI-Nepal’s efforts to organize the exhibition, which has provided opportunities to learn more about the philosophy of the Lotus Sutra.
Considered to be the king of sutras, the Lotus Sutra was originally written on palm leaves and much later copied on to microfilm. These microfilm manuscripts proved difficult to read and, as a result, Soka Gakkai commissioned IOP to take on the task of producing Romanized text versions of the Lotus Sutra manuscripts with the help of museums and academic institutions from around the world. Currently, 12 Lotus Sutra Manuscript Series have been published in romanized form.
At the opening, Dr. Bhadra Ratna Bajracharya spoke about the Lotus Sutra Research Center’s work to preserve the spirit of the Lotus Sutra. He also commended Soka Gakkai for organizing the Lotus Sutra exhibition and for helping to spread the philosophy of harmony and coexistence expounded in the Lotus Sutra.