The Dalai Lama is founder of the Mind & Life institute for research on science and Buddhism. A series of talks he gave at Stanford University led to the creation of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, which brings together scientists and religious scholars. The Templeton Prize will be awarded on May 14th in London.
The 76-year-old spiritual leader lives in exile in India. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for advocating nonviolent liberation for Tibet.