Dalai Lama Wins Templeton Prize For Work On Science Religion
Posted: 03/29/2012 3:49 pm

Tibetan spiritual go the Dalai Lama speaks stylish the last day of the Kalachakra Party in Bodhgaya on January 10, 2012. Kalachakra 2012, a feast of wisdom and meditations will direct place from January 1, 2012 for ten days in the northern Indian give rise to of Bihar and will be attended by Tibetan spiritual go the Dalai Lama. AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTA BY CHRIS HERLINGER

NEW YORK (RNS) The Dalai Lama is best free for his faithfulness to Tibetan nonalignment from Breakables and his consultation of spirituality, passivity and request that has ended him a best-selling ring and a relator who can cloud entire arenas.

But somewhat under the radar windowpane, the Tibetan Buddhist go and Nobel Present laureate has also had an unending profile in the intersection of science and religion.

That profile won Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, the 2012 Templeton Present on Thursday (Sleeve 29), a 1.7 million produce that is habitually described as the top figure choice produce in religion.

The Dalai Lama is the highest-profile victor of an produce that in too late living had been given to physicists and theologians not well free to the communal civic, but earlier had been given to the likes of evangelist Billy Graham and the tardy Close relative Teresa.

"Next an getting higher colony on official advances to riposte the world's troubles, compassion also seeks the self-reliance that simply a spiritual pursuit can revisit," intended John M. Templeton, Jr., the cranium and chairman of the Pennsylvania-based John Templeton Shrink and the son of Sir John Templeton, who founded the top prize in 1972.

"The Dalai Lama offers a comprehensive utter of benevolence underpinned by a love and esteem for religiously appropriate geometric consider that centers on every out-of-the-way everyday person."

For his part, the Dalai Lama, in a video turn up emancipated stylish a cottage webcast announcing the top prize, struck a fair notice. He intended he was minute allowance spare than "a simple Buddhist reverend," apart from the 2012 Templeton or his 1989 Nobel Agreement Present.

The Templeton compliment, he intended, was "another sign of reply about my slump service to compassion, mostly, passivity and unity forcefully unlike devout traditions."

The Templeton Shrink noted that the Dalai Lama has yearning had an profile in a genus of geometric subjects, in the midst of astrophysics, behavioral science, neurobiology and quantum procedure.

As one slice, the Dalai Lama helped ember a "Science for Monks" resolute, based at Buddhist monasteries in India. The resolute hosts Indian and Western scientists who wish to poke about prospective connections and overlaps in the midst of science and Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

In turn, the resolute also provides culture in geometric learn to monks interested in biology, chemistry, cosmology, math, physics and quantum procedure.

In its support, the innovation noted "the firm faithfulness of Buddhists to pensive investment and rebound the same follows the fixed policy of investigation, impermeable and ability certain of science."

But the Dalai Lama also has been intricate in visit pedantic conferences on science and religion. Certified of these contain resulted in best-selling books delight in "The Art of Cheer, The Foundation in a Disc Atom," and "The Dalai Lama at MIT."

Aside from the "Science for Monks" resolute, the innovation noted that the Dalai Lama co-founded the Colorado-based Deduce & Spirit Outset in 1987, pious to "concentrated consider" in the midst of science and Buddhism.

Amid other bits and pieces, the establishment hosts conferences focusing on meditative science, consciousness and death, and risky and healing emotions.

Other interior formed with the Dalai Lama's endorsement is Stanford University's Inside for Awareness and Altruism Experimentation and Basic knowledge.

In his recommendation to the awards committee, Richard Davidson of the College circles of Wisconsin-Madison, wrote: "Best quality than any other living everyday person, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has served compassion to catalyze the progress of saintly extend and to help us all to develop a enhanced understanding of the spiritual develop of everyday contain."

The Templeton Present -- the world's prevalent annual financial produce given to a out-of-the-way abnormal -- will be obtainable to the Dalai Lama at a May 14 present at St. Paul's Church in London.

The Dalai Lama becomes the very Templeton Present laureate who has also won the Nobel Agreement Present. Close relative Teresa won the opening Templeton, in 1973. Six living when, she acknowledged the Nobel Agreement Present.