Awarded for “Outstanding Inner Peace”
93-year old Buddhist teacher and famous Zen master, Thich Nhat Hanh has been awarded the Luxembourg Peace Prize by the World Peace Forum for “Outstanding Inner Peace.”
Known affectionately as “Thay” meaning teacher to his followers, the Zen teacher, is awarded this prestigious prize for his immense contributions to promoting mindfulness and encouraging people to live a peaceful and healthy life.
According to the award committee, “Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh is a global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered throughout the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace. His key teaching is that, through mindfulness, we can learn to live happily in the present moment—the only way to truly develop peace, both in oneself and in the world.”
Thich Nhat Hanh is well-known all over the world for his Zen teachings. He is also a poet, author, and a peace activist who works tirelessly to promote inner as well as world peace. He was even nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 by Martin Luther King Jr.
Ever since 2012, the World Peace Forum has awarded the Luxembourg Peace Prize every year in different categories. A Schengen Peace Foundation initiative, the forum was founded in 2005 with the aim to promote understanding, tolerance, and peace using online platforms, educational programs, publications, and multicultural communication.
Every year, the Luxembourg Peace Prize is awarded in twelve different categories which include peace activist, peace organization, peace education, peace support, peace technology, public peace efforts, the peace process, environmental peace, youth peace-worker, peace journalism, inner peace and art for peace.
A global jury carefully selects the laureates for the prize made up of people who are “respected, admired, and extraordinary” and have contributed significantly to the global sustenance of peace. Recipients of the award receive a certificate, an opportunity to nominate a youth for the Luxembourg University scholarship, and a Global Prospects Journal invitation for publication.