TOKYO, Feb. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — 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 Buddhist faith.
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 million yen.
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).