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April 26, 2007

"Dialogue with Nature" Photography Exhibition Held in Guilin, Southern China

From April 22 to 26, 2007, "Dialogue with Nature," an exhibition of nature and scenic photographs taken by SGI President Daisaku Ikeda, was held at the Guilin Art Museum in Guangxi Zhuangzu Autonomous Region, southern China. The event celebrated the 35th anniversary of the normalization of Sino-Japanese diplomatic relations as well as the 27th anniversary of Mr. Ikeda's visit to Guilin. Guangxi Normal University (GNU), Guilin City and SGI-Hong Kong sponsored the exhibition.

Some 300 guests attended the opening on April 22, held at Guilin Museum which boasts a spectacular scenic backdrop of mountain ranges towering along the Li River. Guests included senior officials of Guilin City and Guangxi Zhuangzu and eminent scholars and artists.

At the opening ceremony, GNU President Liang Hong commended Mr. Ikeda for his contributions to Sino-Japanese friendship, referring to him as an international luminary and master of art and photography.

On the same day, the GNU Research Institute of Daisaku Ikeda's Educational Philosophy sponsored "The Harmony of Nature and Human Beings: A Symposium on Daisaku Ikeda's Philosophy on the Arts and Education," Scholars and experts participated in animated discussions and presented 13 papers on the Buddhist leader's photography and pedagogy. Among the papers was "Daisaku Ikeda's Art and Educational Philosophy--Sharing Joy and Appreciation of Beauty with Others" by Dr. Sun Lichuan, Chinese Writers Association member and vice general editor of Cosmos Books, Hong Kong. Dr. Sun commented that Mr. Ikeda's photographs express the Chinese concept of tian ren he yi--the harmonious oneness of the universe and humanity--as well as the Buddhist concept of the "oneness of life and its environment."

[Adapted from an article in the April 27, 2007, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]