What more is there to say than that the Head Tibetan Buddhist nabbed 1.7 miliion bucks?
Although he’s not a scientist, his Templeton Award blurb cites his science-friendly attitudes:
For decades, Tenzin Gyatso, 76, the 14th Dalai Lama – a lineage believed by followers to be the reincarnation of an ancient Buddhist leader who epitomized compassion – has vigorously focused on the connections between the investigative traditions of science and Buddhism as a way to better understand and advance what both disciplines might offer the world.
Specifically, he encourages serious scientific investigative reviews of the power of compassion and its broad potential to address the world’s fundamental problems – a theme at the core of his teachings and a cornerstone of his immense popularity.
That’s stretching real science to the breaking point. Why not spend time mustering compassion to address the world’s problems rather than “scientifically” studying whether compassion has any potential to address problems? Of course it does.
Meh. At least this year we don’t have a genuine scientist corrupted by Templeton money.