The Templeton Prize 2012 has been awarded to His Holiness The Dalai Lama. The prize has a monetary value of ₤1.1 million and, as such, is the largest monetary award given to one person. It honours “a living person who has made exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.”
For decades, Tenzin Gyatso, 76, the 14th Dalai Lama – a lineage believed by followers to be the reincarnation of an ancient Buddhist leader who epitomized compassion – has 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.
Below is a four-minute video in which the Dalai Lama talks about two dimensions of the quality of compassion:
You can read more about the Templeton Prize and see more videos with the Dalai Lama posted on YouTube by clicking here and scrolling down to “Big Questions”.