About the Zen Bunka Prize
Zen Bunka Prizes
The Distinguished Service Prize is awarded to individuals or organizations whose accomplishments over the course of many years in the spheres of teaching, academics, the arts, or social work have contributed to the advancement of Zen. Individuals nominated for the prize must be at least eighty years old; organizations must have been in operation for at least thirty-five years.
The Encouragement Prize is intended to publicize and support the activities of individuals or organizations in the spheres of teaching, academics, the arts, or social work that have contributed to the education and advancement of the next generation of Zen leaders and supporters. Individuals and organizations nominated must have been engaged in the activities for at least ten years.