Rama - Dr. Frederick Lenz's work was motivated by his special insight into the role that Buddhist principles and practices could play in transforming American society and producing an enlightened contemporary culture. The Foundation encourages Buddhist organizations of all traditions to work together and with values-aligned non-Buddhist organizations to achieve common spiritual and social goals.
In Dr. Lenz’s Words
"As you work together, as you meet together, as you meditate together, you're going to create something rather perfect. And that perfect thing is your attention -- with a realistic appraisal of the conditions in the world." -- On the Road with Rama, "The Electronic Tribe"
What We Fund
We provide general assistance and restricted grants, program-related investments, and education and training programs for the purpose of fostering successful joint programs among American Buddhist groups and cross-sector collaborations with aligned secular organizations. In 2014, an initial $250,000 fund was created to support grant proposals which grew out of the Collaboration Training Program. In addition, the Foundation placed its full grant-making capacity behind those collaboration projects which emerged from this training as having the most potential for success.
The series of webinars and workshops held by the Presencing Institute and attended by Lenz Foundation grant recipients yielded a number of innovative collaborations in a wide range of areas.
Collaboration grant recipients are listed here.
The Foundation seeks partnerships with other donors/foundations that are interested in expanding the pool of grant funds available to collaborating organizations.