The trouble with the Internet Age is, no one bothers fact-checking. Everyone hastens to post (or re-post) stories that sound fascinating.
A few observations that convince me this is hoax:
The acronym for the organization that gave out the award is ICARUS, a name from Greek mythology (the character who flew too close to the sun), which seems a pretty silly symbol for a religious coalition. By the way, no one can find ICARUS' official Web site.
The name of the Burmese Buddhist monk cited in the story is "Bhante Ghurata Hanta," which is neither Burmese nor Sanskrit. (I should know, because I grew up in Burma.)
Tribune de Geneve, the paper that supposedly first published the news, is a French language paper -- not English. Doing searches on "Buddhist" or "ICARUS" at the paper's site produced no story -- neither in French nor English -- matching the one we received.
I have enormous admiration for the Buddhist tradition, but the story above may be someone's attempt to have a few laughs -- unfortunately at our expense and at Buddhism's expense.