Publishers Weekly announced the prize today, awarded in recognition “a living person who has made exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.” The Templeton Foundation cited the Dalai Lama’s “long-standing engagement with multiple dimensions of science and with people far beyond his own religious traditions [which] has made him an incomparable global voice for universal ethics, nonviolence, and harmony among world religions.”
The Community Library carries many of the Dalai Lama’s seventy published books, including his latest, Beyond Religion, Ethics for a Whole World, (our #BookOfTheDay over on the librarydenizenk twitter feed.) Kirkus Reviews calls the book “…an impressive guide for teaching religious tolerance and respect to readers of all ages.”
The library has numerous materials exploring Buddhist related beliefs and practices, from The Science of Yoga to Zen poetry. Popular authors include Thich Nhat Hanh, who also contributed to our very popular DVD Walking Meditation.
A strong link with the Dalai Lama’s concepts and ideas was formed in 2005 in the Wood River Valley with the erection of a Tibetan Prayer Wheel in the Garden of Infinite Compassion near the Sawtooth Botanical Garden. It is the largest on this continent and contains one million hand painted prayers, to honor his 9/11 Healing Address.