Introduction & Message of Scholar


The exhibition of "The Lotus Sutra - A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence" is an exhibition that specifically introduces the history, culture, and the message of the Buddhist monk who has been spread along the Silk Road to the multitude of people over the last 2,000 years.


Tokyo, November 1998, The Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences(that day the Institute of Oriental Studies in St. Petersburg) and The Institute of Oriental Philosophy jointly held The exhibition, "The Lotus Sutra and Its World: Buddhist Manuscripts of the Silk Road". Among the vast collection of about 100,000 items collected by The Institute of Oriental Manuscripts, had published 47 Lotus Sutra on out-of-door, including precious excerpts of Buddhist manuscript and other valuable copies, including woodcuts, in Japan for the first time. The exhibition hall was surrounded by great deal of excitement, with to directly see the many people’s treasures, including Petrovsky manuscripts(a copy of the Brahmi script Buddhist scriptures excavated in Central Asia), which world scholars covet.

Since November 2006, the name has changed from The Lotus Sutra—A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence exhibition to The Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Dunhuang Researchers in China, and received a favorable reception in Hong Kong and various cities around the world with more faithful contents.

So far, Dr. Lokesh Chandra, Director of Indian Culture International Academy, and S.B. Professor Shaka, Tribhuvan University in Nepal as well as research institutes and researchers from around the world, sent a copy of the precious "Lotus Sutra scriptures" and microfilm to President Ikeda SGI, founder the Institute of Oriental Philosophy. As a result, OPI and SGI started a book publishing business. The current (May 2014) series are counts sixteen.

This exhibition will include replicas of Lotus Sutra copies translated into many languages, a panel introducing the frescoes of Dunhuang Mogao Caves in the motif of Lotus Sutra, Lotus Sutra related objects from the world research institutes, Lotus Sutra copy series summary are displayed together.

The purpose of “The Lotus Sutra-A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence” exhibition is to teach the Lotus Sutra’s spreading history and its universality and significance in the modern day. This exhibit focuses on the dignity of a man and also focuses on the message of peace and coexistence as taught in the Lotus Sutra.