Dalai Lama to receive Templeton Prize

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will receive the prestigious 1.1 million pound Templeton Prize here tomorrow for his contribution in encouraging common ground between science and religion. The 76-year-old Dalai Lama will also announce how he is to spend the award money during the ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral where he will receive the prize.

The honour is awarded annually to someone who has encouraged common ground between science and religion - Mother Teresa was its first recipient. With its 1.1 million purse, the award is by some measure the world's largest prize, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

The award follows the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize for the Dalai Lama's commitment to non-violence, and highlights his championing of science as a vital element in religious life.
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