2 December 2019
Ven. Bhikkhu Sanghasena, the founder President and Spiritual Director of Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre (MIMC), Leh (Ladakh) was honored and awarded with the “Respect Age International Award of Excellence – 2019” at a program held at India International Centre, New Delhi.
The award was presented to Ven Sanghasena for his tireless services to the people of Ladakh particularly the old and destitute. He is also the founder president of Save the Himalayas Foundation.
While expressing gratitude to the Respect Age International Foundation, Sanghasena said that service to the old and destitute is one among the highest blessings taught by Lord Buddha and urged everyone to ensure that none of the old persons should remain homeless and disrespectful.
It may be noted that the MIMC campus in Leh has a special wing for old persons where they are provided with food, clothes, healthcare and shelter round the year. The Devachan campus, spread in 250 acre area, also comprises of a residential school for boys, girls, and hostels for blind children, young monks, nuns, a meditation retreat and an international guest house.
Dr Karan Singh, former Governor of Jammu & Kashmir and former Indian Ambassador to USA, while addressing a public function had recommended the name of Bhikkhu Sanghasena for Nobel Peace Prize for his outstanding achievement of humanitarian services.