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Monday, February 17 2020 - 17:00
37th Niwano Peace Prize Awarded to South Korean Zen Master, Venerable Pomnyun
TOKYO, Feb. 17, 2020 /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ --

The Niwano Peace Foundation will award the 37th Niwano Peace Prize to the 
Venerable Pomnyun, a South Korean Zen master, in recognition of his 
extraordinary humanitarian work, environmental and social activism, and his 
inspiring effort to build relationships of trust and goodwill between those of 
different faiths and cultures.

An award presentation ceremony will take place in Tokyo on June 3. In addition 
to an award certificate, Ven. Pomnyun will receive a medal and a cash prize of 
20 million yen.

His Buddhist organization, Jungto Society, a community based on the teachings 
and principles of Buddhism, is dedicated to addressing modern problems that 
drive suffering, including environmental degradation, poverty, and violent 
conflict. His international aid organization, Join Together Society, has sought 
to eradicate poverty and hunger through humanitarian relief and sustainable 
development initiatives in North Korea, India, etc.

In selecting Ven. Pomnyun as a recipient for 2020, the Niwano Peace Prize 
Committee said he "has demonstrated a long and broad commitment to advancing 
peace within a Buddhist framework, in partnership with those of other faiths," 
particularly Christianity. The committee also was "impressed with his focus on 
work outside Korea, on behalf of those of other faiths" such as Muslims in 
Mindanao, the Philippines; Hindus and others in India; and Rohingya in 

Niwano Peace Prize:
The Niwano Peace Foundation established the Niwano Peace Prize to honor and 
encourage individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to 
inter-religious cooperation, thereby furthering the cause of world peace, and 
to make their achievements known as widely as possible. The foundation hopes in 
this way both to enhance inter-religious understanding and cooperation and to 
encourage the emergence of still more persons devoted to working for world 
peace. 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 the spirit of 
religious principles and serves the cause of peace in such fields as education, 
science, religion and philosophy. 

SOURCE: Niwano Peace Foundation 

(Mr.) Seiji Hironaka/(Ms.) Natsuki Kudo
Niwano Peace Foundation
Tel: +81-3-3226-4371 
Fax: +81-3-3226-1835