Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, Won the 2012 Templeton Prize of $1.7 million

By on Mar 30, 2012 in Announcement, Events, Science, World Comments


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The Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, 76, has won the 2012 Templeton Prize of $1.7 million on Thursday, March 29, 2012, as reported by international news sites.

The 14th Dalai Lama has also won previously the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize, which makes him the second person to do so, together with Mother Teresa. The Templeton Prize is considered the most prestigious award in the field of religion.

According to these reports, John Templeton, the chairman of the John Templeton Foundation said that the prize was awarded for the Dalai Lama’s service to humanity. Richard Davidson also recommended the Dalai Lama because, according to him,

“More than any other living human being, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has served humanity to catalyze the advancement of ‘spiritual progress’ and to help us all to cultivate a better understanding of the spiritual dimensions of human experience.”

The monk is not only involved in religion but also in science and significant projects as evidenced by his involvement in the “Science for Monks” project and bestselling books like “The Universe in a Single Atom,” and “The Art of Happiness.”

Among the various scientific and religious endeavors that the Dalai Lama participated in was the establishment of the Mind and Life Institute, which he co-founded. The program involved research in science and Buddhism.

After coming to know about his prize, the Dalai Lama reportedly said:

“Another sign of recognition about my little service to humanity, mainly, nonviolence and unity around different religious traditions.”

The 2012 Templeton Prize of will be awarded to the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, on May 14, 2012 at the St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.



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