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Dalai Lama £1m giveaway for the poor and science/faith research

The "power of compassion" has been highlighted at this year's award of the Templeton Prize to the Dalai Lama ... and some of the money will go into research into science and spirituality

The work of Save The Children in India, the Mind and Life Institute – which helps science and spirituality work together – and some student Tibetan monks will be the beneficiaries of this year's £1.1 million Templeton Prize award.

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama was the recipient of this year's award from the US-born philanthropist Dr John Templeton, and he spoke yesterday at St Paul's Cathedral.

He reminded those present that the economic crisis was created by man, not God, and the British people should not feel "helpless or hopeless".

And Templeton commented: "The Dalai Lama offers a universal voice of compassion underpinned by a love and respect for spiritually relevant scientific research that centres on every single human being."

It's good to see some additional focus being given to breaking down the often daft divide between science and faith, work which the excellent Faraday Institute and others have been beavering away at, despite the best efforts of Dawkins and friends to paint science and faith as arch enemies.

There's plenty of great material online to explore this one further – take a look at Theos, Ravi Zacharias Ministries, Test of Faith and the work of Dr John Lennox, featured in the video lecture (above right).


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