Sulak Sivaraksa is a Thai sociology professor, author and political activist.
He is one of the best known advocates of “engaged Buddhism”, which actively works towards eliminating economic, social and gender disadvantage and the suffering associated with these.
He has founded several NGO’s, including the INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF ENGAGED BUDDHISTS, of which the Dalai Lama and Thich Nhat Hanh are patrons.
In all of them he campaigns for social justice, conservation of the environment and alternatives to consumerism.
He has been incarcerated several times.
In 1994 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and in 1995 he was awarded the Swedish “Alternative Nobel Prize”. In 2001 he won India’s Millennium Ghandi Award and in 2011 he won Japan’s Niwano Peace Prize.
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