The School is saddened to learn of the death of His Holiness Seiyu Kiriyama who passed away on 29 August 2016.
Seiyu Kiriyama was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from SOAS in 2003 in recognition of his work as a Buddhist leader. He was a committed Buddhist practitioner and founded a Buddhist organization Agon Shu, based in Kyoto, where he was 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 supports Budhist Studies.
Seiyu Kiriyama worked with a number of spiritual leaders, including the Dalai Lama and attended a special audience with Pope John Paul II. He also communicated with and met many other influential world religious leaders and was 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 lectured internationally and was 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 was also the author of more than 70 books and continually worked for world peace through many social, cultural, and religious activities.