The 65th Ramon Magsaysay Awards, sometimes dubbed the “Nobel Prize of Asia,” recognized four outstanding individuals and their transformative leadership and social contributions at a ceremony held in Manila on 11 November. As part of the proceedings for the occasion, the revered Korean Dharma master and Buddhist activist Venerable Pomnyun Sunim (법륜스님) was invited to deliver the keynote speech for the prestigious event.
The Ramon Magsaysay Award is an annual prize established to recognize and honor individuals in Asia and who have achieved distinction in their respective fields and have served others generously and courageously, without anticipation of recognition. Named after Ramon Magsaysay, the seventh president of the Philippines, the prize was established in 1957 by the trustees of the New York City-based Rockefeller Brothers Fund in cooperation with the government of the Philippines. Since its inception, the award has been granted to more than 300 remarkable individuals and organizations.
In his keynote address on Saturday, Ven. Pomnyun Sunim, himself a recipient of the 2002 Ramon Magsaysay Award for Peace and International Understanding, for his compassionate action to mitigate the human cost of the division of North and South Korea, and for his work toward the reconciliation and reunification of the Korean Peninsula, offered his deep respect and congratulations to this year’s four award recipients, and shared powerful and moving insights into the power and obligation of ordinary people to manifest the conditions for a peaceful and united world:
▶️ Published by BDG on November 13, 2023