GROUNDBREAKING TOUR: LAST STOP MALAYSIA

The tour organised by a collaboration of Buddhist associations around Asia that has brought manuscripts saved from Bamiyan in Afghanistan to practicing Buddhists is coming to a successful end in Malaysia where a limited three-day exhibition is being held from 2-4 May 2016.

The tour, which began in India at the Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya where Buddhism was born in the 5th century BC, has taken the rare manuscript fragments from the centrepiece of the Buddhism section of the Schøyen Collection through Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore and Indonesia.

Bamiyan tour Singapore March 2016 600x808Martin Schøyen said: "It is difficult to over estimate the importance of these manuscript fragments and leaves not only to Buddhists but to the world's heritage. There are those who seek to obliterate all traces of ancient cultures and religions from the part of the world where these important manuscripts were preserved for hundreds of years before the attempts to destroy them. But this tour - which has encompassed countries of different dominant faiths - illustrates respect for all cultures among the many who are motivated by peace."