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The Spread of Universal Enlightenment

A three-part exhibition at the FNCC depicts key themes from the Lotus Sutra across its 2,500-year journey.


“The Humanism of the Lotus Sutra,” a three-part exhibition created by the SGI-USA, opened at the Florida Nature and Culture Center in Weston, Florida, last year. The exhibition depicts key themes from the Lotus Sutra across its 2,500-year journey, including the enduring words of the three founding Soka Gakkai presidents, who revived the Buddha’s core teaching of universal enlightenment and enabled its widespread transmission in contemporary times.

Visitors can find a replica of the “Ashoka Column” from Sarnath in India, the site of the Buddha’s first sermon; a painting from the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, China, depicting 24 chapters of the Lotus Sutra; a collection of coins minted during Nichiren Daishonin’s life; and a copy of Gandhi’s daily prayer card, which includes Nam-myoho-renge-kyo.

 

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