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The 14th Dalai Lama

The Templeton Prize

The Templeton Prize was established in 1972 by American-bornBritish billionaire Sir John Marks Templeton (1912–2008), who later set up theTempleton Foundation to fund the prize in perpetuity. This came to ourattention a decade ago when we learned that the Templeton Foundation was payingBible colleges around the world to run courses that taught theistic evolution.See Evangelical colleges paid to teachevolution. At that time the Templeton website said its Prize wasawarded annually to

“a living individual who has shown extraordinary originalityadvancing the world’s understanding of God and/or spirituality.”2

“The Prize is intended to help people see the infinity of theUniversal Spirit still creating the galaxies and all living things and thevariety of ways in which the Creator is revealing himself to different people.We hope all religions may become more dynamic and inspirational.”3

After Sir John’sdeath, the revised Templeton website read:

“The Prize celebrates no particular faith tradition or notion ofGod, but rather the quest for progress in humanity’s efforts to comprehend themany and diverse manifestations of the Divine.”4

As such, the website announces that its Prize has been awardedto “representatives of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism,but also others as well”, i.e. to those who do not claim adherence to any ofthese religions. See Templeton Prize goes to evolutionistprofessor, and Templeton Prize goes to pantheistDarwinist.

The Templeton websiteoriginally said: “The Templeton Prize does not encourage syncretism … .”However, the awarding of the Prize this year would seem to be the epitome ofthis. The Dalai Lama is a ‘Buddhist atheist’ (he says he’s Buddhist, and thathe doesn’t believe in God; hence ‘Buddhist atheist’). The website says he

“has vigorously focused on the connections between theinvestigative traditions of science and Buddhism as a way to better understandand advance what both disciplines might offer the world.”5

Nevertheless thepresentation ceremony was held in St Paul’s Cathedral, London. It was precededby a period of chanting by eight Buddhist monks, before he was welcomed by theCanon of St Paul’s, with the Bishop of London and the Archbishop of Canterburyin support.

The Dalai Lama

The 14th DalaiLama6 is aman by the name of Tenzin Gyatso (né Lhamo Dondrub, 1935– ). Since 1950, he hasbeen the leader of the dominant sect of Tibetan Buddhists, who believe him tobe a reincarnation of an ancient Buddhist leader, the Bodhisattva ofCompassion.7 However,concerning himself, the Dalai Lama says: “I am just a human being.”8

In 1950, Communist China took over Tibet. After the Communistsbrutally crushed a Tibetan uprising in 1959, the Dalai Lama fled to India. Hewas awarded the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize “in recognition of his nonviolentcampaign over nearly 40 years to end China’s domination of his homeland”.9 He is the first Dalai Lama to have come into full contact withWestern science and technology.

He has written some 70 books in which he reiterates that as aBuddhist he does not believe in a transcendent Creator God who is the uncausedfirst cause, nor that Jesus Christ was this God incarnate. He thus does notbelieve that mankind is in rebellion against God and hence under divineJudgment from which we need a Saviour, or that Jesus Christ is that Saviour. Hetells us: “My own worldview is grounded in the philosophy and teachings of Buddhism,which arose within the intellectual milieu of ancient India.”10,11

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