While most people would rather spend their public holiday (Diwali) indulging in fun and entertainment, I spend probably about 2 hours touring Lotus Sutra Exhibition that was held at The Arts House from 1 to 25 Oct 2017.
“The Lotus Sutra – A Message of Peace and Harmonious Coexistence” Exhibition is jointly organised by The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (Japan), Dunhuang Academy (China) and Singapore Soka Association, with Singapore being 16th country to host this international exhibition.
Despite the fact that I am not a Buddhist nor a free-thinker, I felt that it was alright to explore and understand more about other religion. That would explain why I have decided to tag along with my friend whom was from the Singapore Soka Association for a short visit. Probably most of the Singapore Soka Association members would have made a trip down for a tour around before it ends.
Volunteers in vibrant purple polo T-shirts were dispatched along the streets, directing and greeting visitors with a smile despite standing under the scotching sun. Upon entering, the place was already crowded with families and people of the older generation. Even the screening time slots for both “The Treasures of the Desert” and “Parable of the Jewel in the Robe” videos were overwhelming.
The entire exhibition has been divided into 5 categories respectively:
1) History of the Transmission of the Lotus Sutra
2) Buddhist Text in Many Languages
3) Academic Exchanges on the Lotus Sutra
4) Resplendence of the Dunhuang Mogao Caves
5) Parables and the Message of the Lotus Sutra
There were many interesting manuscripts, artifacts and religious paintings that captivated my attention but sadly photography was not allowed and I definitely have to respect that since it was a religious related exhibition after all.
In short, the Lotus Sutra, as a representation of the embodiment of the Law of Life that Shakyamuni was enlightened to. You would probably want to refer to their webpage here since I am a sucker for religious teachings.
|Volunteers teaching origami of lotus|
|Hand-made lotus art by volunteers|
|Entrance to Dunhuang Mogao Caves|
|Brochure and ticket of Lotus Sutra Exhibition|