The Dalai Lama is planning to donate his prize money to charity, a move that is noble, but not at all surprising.
Tenzin Gyatso received the Templeton Prize at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London Monday (May 14). But even before receiving the award, he announced that the bulk of the money, $1.5 million, will go to Save the Children in India. This will be used to address the problem of malnutrition among children there.
Up to $200,000, meanwhile, will go to the Mind & Life Institute, a nonprofit promoting the exchange of ideas and collaboration between science and spirituality. The remaining $75,000 will fund student monks’ science education in Tibetan monastic universities.
This is not the first time the 76-year-old religious leader gave away his prize money. When he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, he also shared some of the prize money to humanitarian causes.
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