Gautam Buddha International Peace Award

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Japanese mayors receive peace accolades

TWO Japanese nationals were honoured with 'Gautam Buddha International Peace Award' at a programme organised to mark the 2555th birth anniversary of Buddha in Lumbini, Rupandehi, on Tuesday. Tadatoshi Akiba and Tomihisa Taue were honoured for their contribution in spreading Buddha's message of peace and non-violence across the world. Akiba and Taue are the mayors of Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively. President Dr Ram Baran Yadav honoured the awardees with US $ 25,000, a felicitation letter, and a gold medal each. Taue stressed the need for building a nuclear-free world to make peace prevail. He said that nuclear-hit Japan has understood the importance of peace. “We wish that other countries will not have to face what Japan witnessed due to atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, two big cities of Japan, in 1945,” Akiba said, adding that they would help make theworld nuclear-free. The government decided to institute the award in 2002 following a proposal in this regard endorsed by the first World Buddhist Summit held in Lumbini in 1998. The award is given every five years to prominent persons or organisations that contribute to the establishment of peace and nonviolence in the community. President Yadav said he was happy to honour the prominent persons-on behalf of Nepal and the Nepali-who contributed to the establishment of global peace. He hoped that their contribution would also help complete the Lumbini Master Plan.

Source : The Kathmandu Post

Introduction

The First Buddhist Summit held in December 1998 unanimously passed a resolution to establish an International Peace Prize named after Lord Gautam Buddha. Subsequently the Government of Nepal established the Gautam Buddha International Peace Award in 2002.

Purpose and objective:
The purpose of the Gautam Buddha International Peace Award is to recognize and honour individuals and institutions from around the world that have made significant contribution to peace and non-violence inspired by or consistent with the teachings of Lord Buddha.

Selection Criteria:
The Gautam Buddha International Peace Award is conferred on distinguished individuals and institutions that made significant contribution in one or more of the following areas:

  • Promotion of world peace, disarmament and non-violence.
  • Alleviation of human suffering, and promotion of human solidarity.
  • Peaceful resolution of conflicts through creative application of Buddhist philosophy.
  • The development of Lumbini/Nepal, as a major global pilgrimage site.

Officials of the Government of Nepal who are currently in active service in political and administrative affairs of State will not be eligible for nomination for the Award.

Nomination Guidelines:
The following individuals and institutions may nominate candidates for the Gautam Buddha International Peace Award:

  • Recognized national and international Buddhist associations
  • Individuals and institutions who have won the Nobel Peace Prize and similar international awards
  • Executive Heads and members of governing bodies of the United Nations, its specialized agencies, funds and programmes.

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Sayings of Gautam Buddha

- "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. "  - Buddha

- "All things appear and disappear because of the concurrence of causes and conditions. Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else." - Buddha

- "An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind." - Buddha

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