Dalai Lama donates bulk of $1.5m prize to Save the Children
Tibetan Buddhist leader the Dalai Lama is to donate the bulk
of his Templeton Prize money to Save the Children, it was announced today. The
76-year-old religious leader received the $1.5m prize at St Paul's Cathedral in
"I have always had great admiration for the work of
Save the Children Fund in improving the lives of children through better
education, health care and economic opportunities as well as providing
emergency aid in natural disasters, war and other conflicts. It is my belief
that little can be done to defend the rights of children or to help them fulfil
their potential unless they first of all have enough to eat,” the Dalai Lama
Save the Children is honoured to accept this generous
humanitarian gift, which will be used to save the lives of some of the world's
most vulnerable children.
In line with the Dalai Lama's wishes, the funds will be used
on programmes which tackle malnutrition in India. Save the Children is at the
forefront of the fight against malnutrition - one of the biggest causes of
deaths of young children across the globe.
This donation will be used practically, to help many more
children survive, grow and as the Dalai Lama said realise their full potential.
In selecting Save the Children as a beneficiary, His
Holiness has spoken of his admiration for the work of Save the Children and its
tireless efforts over the years to improve the world for young children.
The 76-year-old is being awarded the prize for encouraging
"serious scientific investigative reviews of the power of
compassion", and its potential to address world problems.
The John Templeton Foundation said he was chosen for
exploring these issues - which are key themes of his teachings - with people
beyond his own religious traditions.