Daily as reports flood the news of continued hostilities in Tibet and elsewhere across the world there is a sense of urgency among Buddhists in a search for greater spiritual awareness in our troubled world. Buddhists in Syracuse who look towards His Holiness the Dalai for spiritual guidance to help cope with the harsh realities of life in our world have been pleased to learn that the Dalai Lama has won a $1.7 million prize for his spiritual work.
Tom Heneghan of Reuters has reported for the Tibet Sun “Dalai Lama wins $1.7 million Templeton prize.” The US-based John Templeton Foundation said on Thursday that His Holiness the Dalai Lama has won the 2012 Templeton Prize which is worth $1.7 million for his work affirming the spiritual dimension of life. The foundation said in a statement that the Buddhist spiritual leader “vigorously focused on the connections between the investigative traditions of science and Buddhism as a way to better understand and advance what both disciplines might offer the world.”
The foundation has stated that for decades, Tenzin Gyatso, 76, the 14th Dalai Lama, which is a lineage believed by followers to be the reincarnation of an ancient Buddhist leader who epitomized compassion, has vigorously focused on the connections which exist between the investigative traditions of science and Buddhism as a way to develop a better understanding and advance what both disciplines might offer the world.
The foundation has gone on to state that specifically, the Dalai Lama encourages serious scientific investigative reviews of the power of compassion and the wide potential this has to address the world’s fundamental problems. When he was told about this great prize the Dalai Lama said “When I heard today your decision to give me this quite famous award, I really felt this is another sign of recognition about my little service to humanity, mainly nonviolence and unity around different religious traditions.”
Mandel News Service