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Money and power fail to bring inner peace. One poor person, in the material field may be poor but mentally a very, very happy person. The power of sympathy can be used for the solution of fundamental problems of the world. Read more:

Speaking at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, the Dalai Lama also condemned what he called a ”money, money, money” culture which he said ultimately would never bring happiness and inner peace.

The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader was speaking ahead of a ceremony at which he will be presented with this year’s Templeton Prize, in recognition of his work promoting a better understanding between science and religion.

The £1.1 million award is the biggest prize in the world in monetary terms.

He announced that he would be donating most of the money to Save the Children, for work preventing malnutrition among children in India, where he has lived in exile since 1959.

He is due to formally receive the award at a ceremony at St Paul’s.

But he spoke widely on the links between spirituality and science and the need for greater understanding.

He went on: “Money and power fail to bring inner peace. One poor person, in the material field [may be] poor but mentally a very, very happy person - you can see that.”

”Now scientific research shows that a calm mind is very very helpful for good health.”

“All the time we hear ‘money, money, money’.”

“The Government always says money, money, money, so from childhood [we] are in some way brainwashed [to think] we should see money as the ultimate source of happiness, that I think is wrong.”

“The time has come, whether we believe in religion or not, we must pay more attention to our inner beings in order to be happy.”

For his contribution to the connection of science and religion the Dalai Lama received the highly endowed Templeton Prize. The honour was presented to the spiritual head of the Tibetans on Monday in the London St Paul’s Cathedral. The prize money, an amount of 1.1 million pound (1.3 million Euro), he wants to donate to several organizations, among others to a relieve organization for undernourished children in India.

The Dalai Lama, with his teaching of sympathy, has managed that the subject has become part of science. Meanwhile it is investigated how the power of sympathy can be used for the solution of fundamental problems of the world, it was said in explanation.

The Dalai Lama speaks with a “universal voice of sympathy”, said John Templeton, chairman of the John Templeton Foundation and son of the prize founder. The Tibetan and peace Nobel prize-winner (1989) has respect for spiritual important scientific research. “People increasingly rely on technical progress to solve the problems of the world. But mankind also seeks for securities which can only be found through a spiritual search”, said Templeton.

The prize, brought into being by the international investor John Templeton, is awarded annually by an independent jury and pays tribute to contributions which emphasise the connection of religion and science. It has one of the worldwide highest endowed honours for a single person. Former prize-winners were among others Mother Teresa and the founder of the Brotherhood in the French Taize, Frere Roger Schutz.

 

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