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Dalai Lama to receive world science and religion award at St Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral is delighted to host the Dalai Lama, as he collects his prestigious Templeton Prize on Monday, 14 May.

The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader was announced as the winner of the £1.1m prize this morning (29 March) for his work in encouraging scientific research and harmony among religions.

The Right Reverend Michael Colclough, Canon Pastor at St Paul’s Cathedral, said: "A non-violent voice of peace and reason in a calamitous world, the Dalai Lama represents core values cherished by many different faiths. The award of the Templeton Prize to the Dalai Lama under the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral will be a reminder that working towards peace and harmony is a practical and spiritual challenge to all faith communities.”

The Templeton Prize has been awarded annually since 1972 to a living person who has made ‘an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works’. Previous winners include Mother Teresa, Rev Dr Billy Graham and Lord Martin Rees.

When he accepts his award, it will be the first time the Dalai Lama has visited St Paul’s Cathedral.

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