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Literary Awards

Award / Conferring OrganizationCountry Year
Poet Laureate
World Academy of Arts and Culture
India 1981
Honorable Friend of the Bodleian Library for Life
Bodleian Library, University of Oxford
UK 1989
Honorary Chairman
Kenya Oral Literature Association
Kenya 1990
1992 National Book Award
National Book Development Council
Malaysia 1993
Non-resident Membership and Machado de Assis Medal
Brazilian Academy of Letters
Brazil 1993
Noble Patron of the Arts
Pan-African Writers Association
Ghana 1993
International Leo Tolstoy Gold Medal
International Association of Children's Funds
Russia 1995
World Poet Laureate Award
World Poetry Society
India 1995
Honorary Advisor
Society for the Study of Oriental Culture and Peking University
Institute of Oriental Culture
China 1997
Tagore Peace Award
India's Asiatic Society
India 1997
Certificate of Commendation
New Art of Living—Discourses on Life, Health,
Biomedical Ethics, and Education
University of Montreal Press
Canada 2001
NAPRA Nautilus Awards, winner, "social change" category
(Networking Alternatives for Publishers, Retailers, & Artists, Inc.)
USA 2002
2001 Book of the Year Award, silver, "politics" category
For the Sake of Peace--Seven Paths to Global Harmony:
A Buddhist Perspective
ForeWord Magazine
USA 2002
2002 Book of the Year Award, silver, "political science" category
Choose Hope: Your Role in Waging Peace in the Nuclear Age
ForeWord Magazine
USA 2003
International Literary Award for Understanding and Friendship
Chinese Writers Association and the Chinese Literature Foundation
China 2003
2003 Book of the Year Award, silver, "health" category
On Being Human: Where Ethics, Medicine, and Spirituality Converge
ForeWord Magazine
USA 2004
Honorary Diploma
International Society of Greek Writers and Arts
Greece 2005
World People's Poet
World Poetry Society Intercontinental
India 2007
Honorary General Director
World Literary Association
Republic of Korea 2008
Indie Book Award for Religious Non-fiction
The Flower of Chinese Buddhism
The Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group
USA 2010
Special Member
The Camarajibense Academy of Letters
Brazil 2010
World Peace Poet Award
World Poetry Society Intercontinental
India 2010
Special Commendation
Korea Pen, a chapter of PEN International
Republic of Korea 2012
Altan Od, prize for poetry
Mongolian Academy of Culture and Poetry
Mongolia 2012
Society of Professors of Education Book Award
America Will Be! Conversations on Hope,
Freedom, and Democracy
Society of Professors of Education
USA 2014
Peace and Culture Award
José Pagés Llergo Foundation
Mexico 2015
2015 Critics Choice Book Award
Living as Learning: John Dewey in the 21st Century
American Educational Studies Association (AESA)
USA 2015

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