Sulak Sivaraksa, our publisher, is now 72 years old i.e. he has completed the 6th cycle anniversary which in our Siamese reckoning means that he should have more time to rest, to meditate and contemplate for the next world. Yet he seems to be as busy as ever, going upcountry and abroad almost every month. He says that as he is still capable physically and mentally, he would like to contribute to all sentient beings in any way to lessen their suffering as well as to promoting their happiness—apart from his own seeds of peace. He believes in H.H. the Dalai Lama that world peace would not be possible, unless each of us cultivate peace within. Although this is a very difficult task, it is the only way.
As for INEB, Mr. Sulak helped found it over fifteen years ago and he asked not to be on the executive board of this organization but still plays the role of an advisor.
As for the Komol Keemthong Foundation which he helped to set up in order to promote youth idealism in 1971, in the beginning he was the managing director and later became its president until his resignation on his 72nd birthday—27th March 2005.
He is still president of the Sathirakoses-Nagapradipa Foundation which he was a pioneer in establishing a legal umbrella of many of his activities which are all autonomous e.g. Spirit in Education Movement, Santi Pracha Dhamma Institute, Thai Inter-religious Commission for Development, Sekhiyadhamma and Wongsanit Ashram. In fact he had tendered his resignation from the presidency at the end of last year but board members asked him to carry on as a figure head until he reaches the age of 75 (i.e. if he lives that long).Vol.21-No.3-Sept.-Dec.-2548-2005_compressed