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Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Sri Lanka

From May 25-26, 2013, the exhibition “The Lotus Sutra—A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence” was held at the Royal College in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The exhibition, shown for the second time in Colombo, was sponsored by the Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP), the 2013 International Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi Buddhist Film Festival (sponsored by the Light of Asia Foundation), and SGI-Sri Lanka.
 
Many delegates attended the opening ceremony, including Minister of Education Bandula Gunawardana, Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, Permanent Secretary to the Prime Minister Sirisena Amarasekara and Dr. Sanjay Garg, former Deputy Director of the National Archives of India and Deputy Director (Research) of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Cultural Centre in Sri Lanka. Some 100 people including members of SGI-Sri Lanka also attended the ceremony where the ribbon cutting was conducted.
 
The exhibition, which has panels in Sinhala, Tamil and English, introduces the history and transmission of the Lotus Sutra and features excerpts from the sutra’s seven parables and from the IOP’s Lotus Sutra Manuscripts Series, an ongoing project commissioned by the Soka Gakkai including, Gilgit Lotus Sutra Manuscripts from the National Archives of India and Facsimile Edition and Sanskrit Lotus Sutra Fragments from the Lushun Museum Collection.
 
The news of the Lotus Sutra exhibition was aired on Sri Lanka National TV and the radio. The reports resonated with many people in Sri Lanka.


Organizers: The 2013 International Sambuddhathwa Jayanthi Buddhist Film Festival sponsored by The Light of
                     Asia Foundation,

                     The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and
                   SGI-Sri Lanka
Venue:         The Royal College in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Date:            May 25-26, 2013



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