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Dalai Lama receives 2012 Templeton Prize, gives away $1.7 million award

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Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, center, with Bishop of London Richard Chartres, right, and St.Paul's Cathedral Canon Pastor Reverend Michael Colclough as he leaves St. Paul's Cathedral in London after receiving the 2012 Templeton Prize awarded to him for encouraging scientific research and harmony among religions, on May 14.

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Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader, center left, with St. Paul's Cathedral Canon Pastor Reverend Michael Colclough, center right, waves as he arrives at St. Paul's Cathedral in London to receive the 2012 Templeton Prize awarded to him for encouraging scientific research and harmony among religions, on May 14.

The Dalai Lama received the 2012 Templeton Prize for his work linking science and wider questions of faith and religion. The Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader was given the prize, which comes with $1.7 million, today at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

Most of the money from the award will be given to Save the Children, and the rest to two charities which provide research and education in science and Buddhism.

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The Dalai Lama leaves after being awarded the Templeton Prize during his first visit to St Paul's Cathedral in London May 14, 2012. The Templeton Prize valued at $1.7 million is the world's largest award given to an individual, honouring a living person for making exceptional contributions to spiritual life.