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Dalai Lama Awarded Templeton Prize
The Dalai Lama has been awarded the world's largest prize for an individual, the $1.7 million Templeton Prize, for his encouragement of using science to explore contemplative traditions.
Over the years, Mind and Life has worked in close partnership with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mind and Life’s Honorary Board Chair, and with the John Templeton Foundation. Each year, with funding from the foundation, the organization holds dialogues between neuroscientists, social scientists, and contemplative scholars, together with His Holiness. His insight and influence, together with the input of some of the world’s leading scientists, have contributed to the creation of several important programs, including an annual Summer Research Institute the International Symposia for Contemplative Studies, a series of books, and scholarships for scientists wanting to explore this field.
For the past eight years, several key Mind and Life programs have been supported by grants from the John Templeton Foundation, a visionary and imamn forward-thinking foundation committed to serving as “a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the Big Questions of human purpose and ultimate reality.”
“We feel moved and pleased by the announcement of this award,” says Arthur Zajonc, president of the Mind & Life Institute. “It is a testament to the work we are all doing to help the world alleviate suffering and improve well-being. We applaud the John Templeton Foundation for their selection, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with both the foundation and His Holiness as we deepen our investigation into the mind.”
The award ceremony for the Templeton Prize will take place May 14 at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.
About the Mind & Life Institute
The Mind & Life Institute is a Hadley, MA-based nonprofit organization dedicated to building a scientific understanding of the mind through the investigation of contemplative practices in order to reduce suffering and promote well being. The Mind & Life Institute implements this mission and vision through a strategy of integrated initiatives including Dialogues and Publications, the Mind and Life Summer Research Institute and accompanying Varela Awards, the Mind and Life Humanities and Social Sciences Initiative, the Mind and Life Contemplative Fellowship, and the International Symposia for Contemplative Studies (Denver ׀ April, 2012 ׀ www.contemplativeresearch.org)