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Institute of Oriental Philosophy

The Institute of Oriental Philosophy (IOP) is dedicated to advancing scholarly inquiry on Buddhism and other world religions to clarify their universal value and make them a part of humanity's rich spiritual heritage in the modern age.

Established in 1962 as a non-profit organization, the IOP conducts independent research on Buddhism--its history, literature and concepts; comparative religion; and the interrelations between religion and science and religion and society. The IOP sponsors original research and a variety of exchanges between Western and Eastern scholars through seminars, symposiums and public lectures, including interfaith dialogues.

It has also cosponsored special exhibitions of rare Buddhist manuscripts and published Lotus Sutra manuscripts. With its headquarter in Tokyo, the IOP runs further centers and offices in India, France, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and Russia.

Lotossutra Sanskrit A fragment of the Lotus Sutra in Sanskrit

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