TOKYO, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - The Niwano Peace Foundation will award the 28th
Niwano Peace Prize to Sulak Sivaraksa of Thailand in recognition of his
contribution to a new understanding of peace, democracy and development
and to environmental preservation based on the core principles of his
An award presentation ceremony will take place in Tokyo on May 19. In
addition to an award certificate, Sulak will receive a medal and 20
Born in 1933 in Thailand to a family of Chinese ancestry, Sulak was
educated in Thailand, England and Wales in law and other disciplines.
He returned to Thailand in 1961. His long career has seen him using his
intellectual gifts to propel the concept and movement of "engaged
Buddhism." He has worked as a teacher, scholar, publisher, activist and
founder of many organizations, including the International Network of
Engaged Buddhists (INEB).
In selecting Sulak as an awardee for 2011, the Peace Prize Committee
said he is "a voice of reason and ethics" and "intellectual enough to
persuade people to promote the importance of social awareness among
Buddhists all over the world." Sulak's intelligent advocacy for the
environment is another important reason to honor him, who speaks
forcefully against environmental destruction, promoting environmental
preservation and environmental justice, according to the committee.
Niwano Peace Prize
The Niwano Peace Prize was established in 1983 to honor and encourage
individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to
inter-religious understanding and cooperation, thereby furthering the
cause of world peace. To avoid undue emphasis on any particular
religion or region, nominations are solicited from some 700 people and
organizations, representing 125 countries. The prize is named in honor
of the founder and first president of the lay Buddhist organization
Rissho Kosei-kai, Nikkyo Niwano.
Niwano Peace Foundation
The Niwano Peace Foundation was chartered in 1978 to contribute to the
realization of world peace and the enhancement of a culture of peace.
The foundation promotes research and other activities based on a
religious spirit, and serves the cause of peace in such fields as
education, science, religion and philosophy. The Niwano Peace
Foundation is a government-recognized charitable organization.
Contributions are tax-deductible.
SOURCE Niwano Peace Foundation
For further information:
(Mr.) Tadashi Takatani
Niwano Peace Foundation