His Holiness Seiyu Kiriyama
Seiyu Kiriyama was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from SOAS in 2003 in recognition of his work as a Buddhist leader. He has long been a committed Buddhist practitioner and founded a Buddhist organization Agon Shu, based in Kyoto, where today he continues to be the spiritual leader. As well as being a spiritual organisation, Agon Shu runs education programmes in various nations, and supports philanthropic activities. At SOAS, Agon Shu has supported both Buddhist Studies and the ongoing Tibetan-English Dictionary Project.
Seiyu Kiriyama has worked with a number of spiritual leaders, including the Dalai Lama and has attended a special audience with Pope John Paul II. He has also communicated with and met many other influential world religious leaders and been recognized by Buddhist societies in Tibet, Sri Lanka, and Myanmar (Burma).
Seiyu Kiriyama established an educational foundation system which provides educational assistance to young people in several countries including Sri Lanka and Italy. He lectures internationally and is Professor Emeritus and Honorary Doctor at a number of colleges and universities including Peking University in China and the National University of Mongolia.
Seiyu Kiriyama is the author of more than 70 books and he continues to strive for world peace through many social, cultural, and religious activities.