Why Did the Dalai Lama Win the Templeton Prize?

His Holiness has become an incomparable global voice for universal ethics, nonviolence, and harmony among world religions.

He has vigorously focused on the connections between the investigative traditions of science and Buddhism as a way to better understand and advance the best that both disciplines might offer the world.

He has encouraged serious scientific investigative review of the power of compassion and its potential to address fundamental problems of the world. This search is at the core of his teachings.

And within that search, the “Big Questions” he raises include: “Can compassion be trained or taught?” This very same question reflects a long-standing, deep interest of Sir John Templeton.

His Holiness has fostered the inclusion of careful scientific methods to the study of spiritual perspectives, which in turn fosters the spiritual progress that the prize has recognized for the past 40 years.

With an increasing reliance on technological advances to solve the world’s problems, humanity seeks the reassurance that only a spiritual quest can answer. His Holiness the Dalai Lama offers a universal voice of compassion underpinned by a love and respect for a spiritually relevant scientific research that centers on every single human being.

Countless millions of people around the world have been drawn by his appeal to compassion and understanding for all, regardless of their religion.

Excerpted from a video statement by Dr. John Templeton Jr., president and chairman of the Templeton Foundation.

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