Statement from the World Peace Prize
Washington D.C., Nov 12, 2013 - We who are engaged in the arduous task of promoting peace in a world wracked by war are loathe to give even a moment to respond to the baseless claims of The Phoenix Weekly and the likes about the World Peace Prize and H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III. However, for anyone who is remotely interested, we refer you to the recognition of support for World Peace Prize by the U.S. Congress in the Resolution introduced by the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez:
Whereas the World Peace Prize is a prestigious award presented by the World Peace Corps Mission that celebrates individuals who have contributed tremendously to peace and enlightenment for humanity;
Whereas past recipients of the World Peace Prize include President Ronald Reagan of the United States, President Abdurrahman Wahid of Indonesia, and President Nakamura of Palau;
Whereas in 2010, the World Peace Prize Awarding Council recognized His Holiness Dorje Chang Buddha III for his devotion to an immensely wide scope of humanitarian activities directed at individuals from different communities throughout the world;
Resolved, That the Senate (1) commends the World Peace Corps Mission for advancing peace, justice, and inter-religious collaborations; and (2) celebrates the World Peace Award and the recipients of the World Peace Award.
His Holiness Dorje Chang Buddha III has been enduring ongoing defamation, slander and destruction to his reputation. As evidence China at one point requested for the Interpol to issue a Red Notice for his arrest. The Interpol has made thorough investigation to determine the baseless nature of such request. Upon China’s own investigation, they have determined non-existence of any crime and hence formally requested for the withdrawal of the Red Notice. In October 2008, the 72nd session of the Commission for the Control of Interpol's Files withdrew the Red Notice and the entire case against His Holiness.
We do not idly choose the recipients of our Peace Prizes. It was after due diligence that H.H. Dorje Change Buddha III was selected to receive our 2010 award for his outstanding humanitarian efforts. The international community enthusiastically applauded our choice. We too are aware of the continuing efforts of defamation directed at His Holiness in attempting to undermine his worldwide acclaim as a spiritual leader. The Phoenix Weekly story and the likes are examples of destructive campaign being waged against him and the work of those whose who seek to bring a lasting peace to a tumultuous world.
We are concerned that the groundless defamations are spurious attempts to undermine the public’s respect for truth, peace and justice. Such libelous behavior should not be tolerated by any ethical and responsible organization. The World Peace Prize upholds the true spirit of this historical award and hereby expresses the depth of respect for facts and forthrightness.
World Peace Prize Awarded at the U.S. Capitol Today
WASHINGTON, Jun 14, 2011 -- The World Peace Prize Ceremony is being held in the Gold Room of the Capitol of the United States today. The award presentation honors Top Honor Prize recipients H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and Hon. Benjamin A. Gilman; and Roving Ambassador for Peace will be awarded to the Civil Air Patrol. The ceremony will be attended by many members of Congress and international dignitaries.
ABOUT WORLD PEACE PRIZE
World Peace Prize is an initiative to promote world peace and understanding between different nations, ethnicities, cultures and religions. The World Peace Prize is a prestigious award presented by the World Peace Corps Mission, an international Evangelical missionary organization. Since its establishment in 1989, the World Peace Prize has been awarded to individuals contributing to the causes of world peace by preventing regional conflicts or world war; by settling the disputes of political, diplomatic and economic matters; by developing new inventions to minimize threats and confusions within mankind. The World Peace Prize Awarding Council operates according to the core spirit of advancing peace and justice and inter-religious collaborations. Past recipients include President Ronald Reagan of the United States; President Abdurrahman Wahid of Indonesia; President Kuniwo Nakamura of Palau; amongst others.
World Peace Prize is awarded periodically to individuals who have contributed to the causes of world peace by preventing regional conflicts or world war; by settling the disputes of political, diplomatic and economic matters; by developing new inventions to minimize threats and confusions within mankind.
The World Peace Prize Awarding Council operates according to the core spirit of advancing peace and justice and inter-religious collaborations. Since its inception, World Peace Prize celebration has always been held in the recipient’s country of residence. Breaking precedence, the award presentation is being held here in the Capitol of the United States.
TOP HONOR PRIZE
Top Honor Prize is the highest recognition presented by the World Peace Prize Awarding Council. Historically, it has been presented to eminent world leaders who are vanguards of bringing people from disparate backgrounds together, working towards the common goal of Peace. Today, we are honoring H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III and Hon. Benjamin A. Gilman:
H.H. DORJE CHANG BUDDHA III, recognized by the World Peace Prize Awarding Council for his selfless devotion to an immensely wide scope of healing and rescue-relief activities directed at people from different communities throughout the world. His wisdom and benevolence embrace all races, ethnicities, cultures and religions: bringing kindness, peace and equality to all. Wherever he goes, His Holiness brings unity amongst people through his own humility and compassion. His continual contributions to humanity has proven to be a living example of the benevolent spirit of Buddha, setting a model of humanitarian practices for all to emulate. His Holiness is also a distinguished artist. Through his teachings and practices, art and poetry, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has pointed out a bright path of non-violence, charity and love for humanity. His Holiness has been the recipient of numerous awards including the United States Presidential Gold Award for his outstanding contributions to arts, medicine, ethics, Buddhism and spiritual leadership, and to American society. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is the first Buddhist leader to be awarded the World Peace Prize in the organization’s 20 years history.
HON BENJAMIN A. GILMAN, recognized by the World Peace Prize Awarding Council for being a life-long champion of human rights: fighting world hunger, narcotic abuse and trafficking. He has made many successful efforts to bring about “prisoner exchanges” which resulted in freedom of American citizens in East Germany, Mozambique, Cuba and several other nations. Congressman Gilman served 15 terms (30 years) in the U.S. Congress. Prior to that, he served 6 years in the New York State Legislature as Assemblyman, and several years as Assistant Attorney General in the New York State Department of Law. While in Congress, he has served as Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and as Congressional delegate to the United Nations with title of Ambassador, and later the Ukrainian Famine Commission and Vice Chairman of the committee on POW’s. Mr. Gilman has been the recipients of numerous honors including the President’s Certificate of Outstanding Achievement “for continued, demonstrated vision, initiative, and leadership in the effort to achieve a world without hunger” and has annually received the “Peace Through Strength” Award presented by the American Security Council.
ROVING AMABASSADOR FOR PEACE
Roving Ambassador of Peace is awarded to individuals or group who are guardians of Peace. Today, the award is presented to the Civil Air Patrol.
CIVIL AIR PATROL makes a huge impact going above and beyond to make a profound difference in America's communities; saving lives and preserving liberty for all. Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 113 lives in fiscal year 2010. They are generally the first on the scene transmitting satellite digital images of the damage within seconds around the world and providing disaster relief and emergency services following natural and manmade disasters, including such phenomena as 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, Texas and Oklahoma wildfires, tornadoes in the south and central U.S., North Dakota flash flooding and the October 2006 earthquake in Hawaii, as well as humanitarian missions along the U.S. and Mexican border. Civil Air Patrol has been performing missions for America for 69 years.