The Institute of Oriental Philosophy
Lotus Sutra Exhibition Held in Taiwan
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.