Gautam Buddha International Peace Award

Press Release

Press Release

Gautam Buddha International Peace Award – 2011

for Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan

The Government of Nepal has decided to confer the first Gautam Buddha International Peace Award jointly to the Mayors of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima, Dr. Tadatoshi Akiba and Nagasaki, Mr. Tomihisa Taue based on the unanimous recommendation of the Management and Selection Committee of the Gautam Buddha International Peace Award

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Gautam Buddha International Peace Award Selection and Management Committee

Mr. Kul Chandra Gautam, Chairman,

17 May 2011, Lumbini, Nepal

Mr. Chairman

Right Honourable President

Right Honourable Vice President

Venerable Monks and Nuns

Distinguished Mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen

Today is a very special - a dream-come-true - day for many millions of us around the world who are inspired by the teachings of Lord Gautam Buddha on peace, non-violence, compassion and human solidarity.

Shakyamuni Siddartha Gautama was born, attained enlightenment, and died or achieved nirvana on the same full-moon day of Vesakha purnima - which is now celebrated universally as Buddha Jayanti.

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Acceptance Speech by the Mayor of Hirosima at the Gautam Buddha International Peace Award Ceremony

 

Tadatoshi Akiba

Hibakusha, Shinran and Mayors for Peace

May 17, 2011

Right Honourable President of Nepal, Dr.Ram Baran Yadav,

Right Honourable Prime Minister of Nepal, Mr.Jhala Nath Khanal,

Honourable Minister for Culture, His Excellency Mr.Kul Chandra Gautam, Chairman of the Award Selection Committee,

His Excellency Dr.Ganesh Yonzan Tamang, Ambassador of Nepal to Japan,

His Excellency Mr.Tatsuo Mizuno, Ambaasador of Japan to Nepal,

and His Excellency Mr.TomihisaTaue, Mayor of Nagasaki

distinguished guests, friends,

ladies and gentlemen;

It is my honor, pleasure and privilege to stand here, as former mayor of Hiroshima, on behalf of the hibakusha, or A-bomb survivors, the citizens of Hiroshima as well as the nearly 5,000 cities and mayors that belong to Mayors for Peace.  It has been a tremendous honor for me to be able to work with them and for them since my youth, but especially as mayor of Hiroshima for 12 years.

Thank you very much for recognizing their efforts toward creating a nuclear weapon free world, in the form of the Gautam Buddha International Peace Prize.  Please allow me to outline the history of their efforts and indicate where we are headed.

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Acceptance Speech by the Mayor of Nagasaki at the Gautam Buddha International Peace Award Ceremony

Tomihisa Taue

May 17th 2011, Lumbini, Nepal

My name is Tomihisa Taue, Mayor of Nagasaki City, and it is an honor for me to be here before Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, the President of Nepal, and all the other members of the Nepalese government assembled here today.

Gautam Buddha was born here in Lumbini around 2,500 years ago. Buddha’s way of living and philosophy of seeking spiritual peace goes beyond religions. This philosophy has exerted a great influence on the history, religions and cultures of the world. In my home country of Japan too, his teachings continue to have an impact on large numbers of people.

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