Lebanese interreligious foundation Adyan awarded Niwano Peace Prize
Adyan, a Lebanese foundation for interreligious studies and spiritual solidarity, is the recipient of the 35th Niwano Peace Prize.
Lebanon now moves “a firm step further toward its recognition as a world centre for dialogue between cultures and religions,” said Maronite Fr Fadi Daou, president of Adyan Foundation, in announcing the international award in Beirut on 19th February.
“Peace has a specific name in Lebanon, and that is ‘living-together,'” he added.
Fr Daou is one of the five founders of Adyan (“religions” in Arabic), each of whom are followers of different denominations of Christianity and Islam.
Since its foundation in 2006, Adyan “has worked to take interreligious dialogue from apologetic debates and populist complacency, to a common commitment in what we call ‘religious social responsibility,'” Fr Daou said.
The Tokyo-based Niwano Peace Foundation established the Niwano Peace Prize in 1983 to honor and encourage individuals and organisations that have contributed significantly to interreligious cooperation, thereby furthering the cause of world peace. It is named for Nikkyo Niwano, founder and first president of the lay Buddhist organisation Rissho Kosei-kai.
Picture: In this 2013 file photo, interreligious leaders gather in Beirut for Adyan Foundation’s launch of their first toolkit for faith-based educational institutions on values of citizenship and public life. (CNS photo/courtesy Adyan Foundation).Tags: Adyan, Fr Fadi Daou, Lebanese, Niwano, Niwano Peace Prize, Peace prize