The Doshi Family Bridgebuilder Award, named for its benefactors, Navin and Pratima Doshi, is given annually to honor an individual or organization dedicated to fostering understanding between cultures, peoples and disciplines. The award recipient is selected by a committee in the Center for Religion and Spirituality.
The award ceremony is a celebration of culture and diversity, often times featuring numerous speakers and artistic performances. Navin Doshi, while presenting the Bridgebuilder Award to Thich Nhat Hanh in 2008, remarked: “Here we are at a Christian university giving an award to a Buddhist monk from a Hindu family. Isn’t it wonderful that LMU honors all human traditions?” The award ceremony is jointly sponsored by Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Theological Studies, and the Navin and Pratima Doshi Professorship of Indic and Comparative Theology, which is currently held by Professor Christopher Key Chapple, PhD.
The 2014 recipient of the Doshi Family Bridgebuilder Award at Loyola Marymount University was biologist Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D., author of more than 80 scientific papers and 10 books, including “Science Set Free.”
The award was presented Sept. 16, 2014, in Ahmanson Auditorium on the LMU campus. Responding to Sheldrake's keynote address was John Hagelin, Ph.D., a renowned quantum physicist, science and public policy expert, and a leading proponent of peace, and Eric Strauss, President’s Professor of Biology at LMU and director of the Ballona Discovery Center.
Sheldrake’s career has been devoted to building a bridge between scientific investigation and spiritual inquiry. Sheldrake pioneered the study of morphic resonance – that all life is connected – and making ethical decisions that factor in far-reaching consequences.
Sheldrake wrote his first book, “A New Science of Life,” in the ashram of Father Bede Griffiths, in Tamil Nadu, South India. From 2005-10 Sheldrake was director of the Perrott-Warrick Project for research on unexplained human and animal abilities, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge.
The Doshi Family Bridgebuilder Award, named for its benefactors, Navin and Pratima Doshi, is given annually to honor an individual or organization dedicated to fostering understanding between cultures, peoples and disciplines.
Past Doshi Bridgebuilder Award recipients are: Dr. Karan Singh, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Huston Smith, Greg Mortenson, Thich Nhat Hanh, Zubin Mehta and Deepak Chopra.