Ladakh: As per the vision of Drikung Kyabgon Thinley Lhundup, the Shravasti Foundation was established in September 2020 in California. From this year, the foundation has decided to present an annual Shravasti Award to individuals who transcend religious differences to promote good deeds and encourage people from different cultures to collaborate and improve the world.
The Shravasti award 2021 was divided into three categories and presented to three individuals. The Shrawasti Award (Spiritual leadership award) was presented to Swami Chidanand Saraswati. He is a Hindu spiritual leader who has led the Global Interfaith Summit and has long been devoted to realising religious harmony.
The Shravasti Award 2021 (humanities award) was presented to Dr. Her Rey Sheng from Taiwan. He is the initiator of global “goodness” research and deputy CEO of Tzu Chi Foundation. Dr. Her advocates altruism to achieve equal wealth and prosperity of all human beings and to achieve social harmony and fulfilment of life.
Sharavasti Award (Environment) was presented to Dr. Mohammed Deen Darokhan. He is an environmentalist dedicated to ecological protection in the Himalayan region. His vision of transforming his hometown into an integrated organic area by 2025 is crucial to glacial and climate protection in Ladakh.
The vision of the Shravasti Awards is to raise awareness on the effects of climate change and melting of glaciers, and promote religious harmony among the diverse religious traditions of the world, according to the foundation.