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 is attended by members of
Congress and international dignitaries.
ABOUT WORLD PEACE PRIZE
World Peace Prize is
an initiative to promote worldpeace and understanding between different
nations, ethnicities, cultures and religions. The WorldPeace Prize is a
prestigious award presented by the World Peace Corps Mission, an
international Evangelical missionary organization founded by Hon. Robert
Leggett and Dr. Han Min Su. 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;
and 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,
and President Kuniwo Nakamura of Palau; amongst others.
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
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 WorldPeace 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
have proven to be a living example of the benevolent spirit of Buddha,
setting a model of humanitarian practices for all to emulate.
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 AMBASSADOR FORPEACE
Roving Ambassador of Peace is awarded to individuals or group who are
guardians of Peace. Today, the award is presented to the Civil Air
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.