Sulak Sivaraksa

Sulak Sivaraksa is the initiator of several Thai social, humanitarian, ecological and spiritual movements and organizations. He established the International Network of Engaged Buddhists along with the Maha Ghosananda, Thich Nhat Hanh, and the 14th Dalai Lama. Sivaraksa promotes nonviolence as a call for action against social injustice and defined the strategy of bringing long-term world peace through peacemaking, peacekeeping and peacebuilding. He achieved worldwide acclaim in 1995 as the recipient of the Right Livelihood Award.

Illustration by Albert Chang


Traditional Thai art is mostly comprised of narrative book illustrations, ornamentation of palaces and temples, and sculptures depicting the image of the Buddha. Most often, the subjects of paintings use the application of gold leaf on lacquer. Sulak Sivaraksa’s portrait seeks to capture this skillful technique and medium, while also paying homage to the decorative background prevalent in many of Thailand’s temples.

Total Area
513,120 km2 (51st)


Constitutional Monarchy under Military Junta

68,175,955 (20th)


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