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Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Taiwan

From January 27-March 30, 2013, the exhibition “the Lotus Sutra—A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence” was held at Zhi Shan Culture Center in Taipei. This was organized by the Institute of Oriental philosophy (IOP) and Taiwan Soka Associateion (TSA). Supporters of the event included Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior and Ministry of Culture (MOC), The National Palace Museum (NPM), National Taiwan University (NTU) and other organizations. The exhibition was held in Taiwan for the first time. The venue, Zhi Shan Culture Center, is located in front of the NPM.
 
On display were some 130 items including facsimiles of nine versions of Chinese translations of the Lotus Sutra by Kumarajiva (344-413 C.E.), as well as reproduction of Lotus Sutra manuscripts in various languages. There were also facsimiles of the Gilgit Lotus Sutra Manuscripts from the National Archives of India and copies of the Kern-Nanjio edition of the Sanskrit Lotus Sutra. The displays and panels shown at the exhibition helped to convey the message of the seven parables in the Lotus Sutra and history and transmission of the spread of the Lotus Sutra.
 

At the opening ceremony, TSA General Director Lin Chao, IOP Director Yoichi Kawada and Administrative Deputy Minister of the Interior Lin Tzu-ling delivered the speeches. Ms. Lin Tzu-ling commented that the fundamental spirit of the Lotus Sutra is its recognition of the dignity of all people and that she felt the SGI aims to actualize the state of Buddhahood in each individual based on this ideal.
 
Mr. Hsiao Tsung-huang thanksed TSA for contributing to the development of art in Taiwan and urged people to visit the Lotus Sutra exhibition and to bring their children. IOP Director Yoichi Kawada and IOP senior research fellow Hiroshi Kanno presented lectures on the Lotus Sutra.


Organizers: The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) and
                      Taiwan Soka Association (TSA)
Sponsors:     Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior and Ministry of 
                      Culture (MOC),
                      The National Palace Museum (NPM),
                      National Taiwan University (NTU) and
                      Other organizations
Venue:          Zhi Shan Culture Center in Taipei
Date:             January 27 to March 30, 2013



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