By Lee Jia Min
Starting from 1st to 25th October, the Lotus Sutra Exhibition will be opened to the public at The Arts House
(1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429). It is time to plan a visit with your family and friends to this not-to-be-missed exhibition. Here are some reasons why:
1. It is a travelling exhibition
Till date, the Lotus Sutra Exhibition has been held in 15 countries, including Spain, Peru, the United Kingdom, India, Japan, Taiwan, and most recently in South Korea and Thailand. This roving global exhibition has garnered a whopping total of 750,000 visitors, with Thailand, the preceding country that hosted the exhibition, receiving 120,000 viewers. You wouldn’t want to miss the only chance you’ll ever have to dig into the roots and explore the rich heritage behind The Lotus Sutra and Buddhism!
2. Expand your worldview
Some of us may think that Buddhism is an oriental philosophy, but at the Lotus Sutra Exhibition, we learn that Buddhism is transmitted across many countries, nationalities and cultures, including the West. The Lotus Sutra Exhibition is rich in history, aesthetics and storytelling that introduce the profound teachings of the Lotus Sutra in an easy-to-understand manner. The manuscripts, important documents and items have traversed the passage of time and harsh conditions. Innumerable nameless ordinary people have risked their lives to protect and preserve as much of these magnificent historical and world cultural heritage as they could. These relics survived to tell a tale, and it is the ardent wish of the Institute of Oriental Philosophy to enable visitors to appreciate the essence of the Lotus Sutra, its universality and its significance in the modern world.
3. Appreciate our common humanity
Shakyamuni Buddha, who originated the teachings of Buddhism, expounded solutions to human sufferings. Among his many teachings, the Lotus Sutra, a key sutra of Mahayana Buddhism, emphasizes greatly on the message of peace and coexistence. As we embrace changes in the society and our world today, it is important to not forget the spirit of respect for all humanity, as exhibited within the Lotus Sutra. Visiting the Lotus Sutra Exhibition will allow you to appreciate and understand the Buddha’s compassion for humanity, and how the entirety of the Lotus Sutra champions harmonious coexistence and the global movement to create peace.
4. Infuse yourself with profound knowledge
There is no better way for you to learn and discover about the magnificence of the Lotus Sutra other than to walk through the exhibits at The Arts House! Besides easy-to-read panels, the exhibition also has helpful guides ready to engage us to enhance our understanding of the richness and profundity of the Lotus Sutra. Furthermore, there are also interactive panels, beautiful animations and art installations for an immersive experience. Children can also look forward to an escape room adventure within the exhibition itself on the 8th, 15th and 22nd October!
5. No ticket fee!
Various organizations and people across the world have come together and gone to great lengths in preparation for this upcoming exhibition to put you in awe at the grandeur of this living historical heritage. Many impressive possessions, including invaluable manuscripts, priceless artefacts and murals await you at the exhibit! The Lotus Sutra Exhibition offers free admission for members of the public. A big thank you to the sponsors behind the Singapore Soka Association for making this exhibition readily accessible and open to all.
The Lotus Sutra Exhibition will be held at The Arts House from 1 to 25 October 2017. For more information, please visit our website at www.lse.sg .