The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism today announced it has committed to 31 grants totaling $200,000 for groups in its grantee network impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants provide operational assistance to ensure continuity during this time of crisis.
Norman Oberstein, Lenz Foundation CEO, states, “Although we had initially planned a national conference in 2021, as the pandemic grew, we decided to move the conference to 2022, and instead make grants in 2021 to help organizations weather the organizational storm of COVID-19. Our grantee organizations with retreat centers or large physical meeting rooms, along with meditation and mindfulness groups--all have suffered losses and face economic challenges. We feel fortunate we can help.”
David Macek, Development, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (IBme) states, “The COVID-19 grant from the Lenz Foundation allows us to keep offering meaningful programs for teens. iBme's organizational system and financial model have been extremely challenged, which meant quickly transitioning our signature residential retreats to an online format, adding new offerings, and increasing our focus on teens' families.”
At Rocky Mountain Ecodharma Retreat Center, Johann Robbins, Executive Director, explains, “Almost all of our retreats were cancelled due to COVID-19. Normally our entire operating budget comes from our operating surplus. It is very difficult to ask donors to support both operating losses from COVID and our capital fundraising needs. The grant from the Lenz Foundation is helping to fill the gap.”
Roy Remer, Executive Director of the Zen Caregiving Project notes, "Our volunteers normally visit palliative care patients in-person. The organization has pivoted to allow volunteers to connect with patients virtually, at a time when patients feel particularly isolated, and to ensure our volunteers remain engaged via regular online community meetings and retreats. These changes, however, have been against a backdrop of reduced organizational income, ZCP staff reductions in hours, and a very fluid public health context. The Covid-19 grant from the Lenz Foundation helps us bridge this difficult period of transition.”
The conference formerly scheduled for 2021, “The Future of American Buddhism,” is now planned for June 2-5, 2022 at the Garrison Institute in New York. The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism and Naropa University will stage this leading-edge conference in several phases. From January to May, 2022, online webinars and communities of interest will precede the conference and provide timely, relevant content to the physical gathering in June. Main topics are likely to include: Buddhist responses to: Climate Change, Women’s Leadership and Gender Issues, Racism and White Privilege, Tradition and Innovation, Digital Dharma and New Forms of Community, and Socially Engaged Activism.
The Lenz Foundation seeks additional sponsors to help finance the conference by contributing to its funding, and to provide their own grants to conference participants with worthy projects that grow out of this event.
About the Lenz Foundation
Formed in 1998, the Lenz Foundation focuses on grants supporting the emergence of an enlightened American society that reflects the universal Buddhist values of wisdom, compassion, mindfulness, and meditation.
The mission of the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism is to foster the growth and development of an authentic American Buddhism that takes its inspiration from the wisdom traditions of the East but adopts new forms, approaches, and applications that are uniquely suited to contemporary American society and culture.
Based in Los Angeles, California, The Lenz Foundation is a perpetual tax exempt 501 c 3 private foundation. www.fredericklenzfoundation.org
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The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism today announced an important milestone: 100 unique American organizations have received grants totaling close to $7 million. Formed in 2002, the Lenz Foundation focuses on grants supporting the emergence of an enlightened American society that reflects the universal Buddhist values of wisdom, compassion, mindfulness, and meditation.
Says Norman Oberstein, Lenz Foundation CEO, “We are proud to have worked with 100 groups to date. Our founder, Rama – Dr. Frederick Lenz, envisioned a foundation that would be impartial, providing assistance to the many flavors of American Buddhism that do wonderful work in our society. We not only provide grants, we also provide training to help our grantees become successful at what they do.”
Types of grants include meditation and mindfulness in schools, prisons, at risk communities, and law schools; Buddhist programs at universities; women in Buddhism; assistance for the dying; programs for minorities and people of color; support for military veterans with PTSD; and Buddhist art and culture; among others.
Grantees have received training in financial success from Lynne Twist’s Soul of Money, collaboration skills from The Presencing Institute, and teaching mindfulness in business. The Lenz Foundation also maintains oversight and the availability of Dr. Lenz’s materials including books, audio talks, music, and videos.
Says Chuck Lief, President of Naropa University, ““Naropa is grateful for generous support over the years from the Lenz Foundation. Graduate scholarships allow many diverse and talented students to study at Naropa and prepare to make a mark in the world. The Lenz-funded fellowship brings scholars from other universities to collaborate with our community, and the annual Lenz Lecture offered by leading Buddhist teachers is a highpoint of our academic year.”
According to Fleet Maul, President of Prison Mindfulness Institute, “The Lenz Foundation has been a consistent supporter of our work bringing meditation and mindfulness to correctional institutions all over the country. After their release from prison, individuals have the means to sustain and increase their ability to succeed in society.”
"The Lenz Foundation has supported our efforts to innovate within our tradition,” says Jeremy Levie, Secretary of San Francisco Zen Center. “This will make Zen practice accessible and relevant to a wide audience of practitioners in ways that will serve the long-term growth and sustainability of San Francisco Zen Center (SFZC) and potentially other Buddhist institutions."
The Lenz Foundation is a perpetual private foundation. Oberstein observes, “Our challenge is to continue to grow our core resources while meeting the demand of more and more grant requests. I am always inspired by the variety and commitment of socially helpful work being done by many organizations all over the USA.”
For a complete list of grant recipients, visit Grant Activity.
About the Lenz Foundation
The mission of the Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism is to foster the growth and development of an authentic American Buddhism that takes its inspiration from the wisdom traditions of the East but adopts new forms, approaches, and applications that are uniquely suited to contemporary American society and culture. The Lenz Foundation is based in Los Angeles, California.
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LOS ANGELES, CA (PRWEB) JANUARY 26, 2016
The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism and the New York University (NYU) Global Spiritual Life team, along with the NYU Stern School of Business and Loyola Marymount University (LMU) are collaborating to present a conference on Awakened Leadership: Mindfulness in Business and at Work from June 1 - 3 in Los Angeles, California. The three-day conference will be hosted by Loyola Marymount University.
The conference will bring together Lenz Foundation grant recipients, leading speakers on mindfulness/meditation, and leaders from business and community organizations to discuss the potential for Buddhist wisdom to transform management and leadership practices. The conference seeks to both embrace and go beyond many of the popular discussions on mindfulness in the workplace.
“We look forward to this opportunity to assemble our grantees, many of whom operate at the leading edge of introducing mindfulness and meditation to our society, at a conference devoted to mindfulness in the workspace,” states Norman Oberstein, Chairman of the Board of the Lenz Foundation. “We believe that both our invited grantees and business leaders will find the conference to be timely and enlightening.”
According to Yael Shy, Senior Director, Global Spiritual Life at NYU, “This conference will be a groundbreaking event and we encourage many business and community leaders to attend. The conference will provide practical knowledge for introducing mindfulness and meditation into the workplace for more innovative, effective and compassionate business outcomes.”
Chris Chapple, Doshi Professor and Director of the MA in Yoga Studies at LMU adds, “Mindfulness has many applications and can be helpful for business leaders to remain focused and grounded.”
The Lenz Foundation was established in 1998 with the mission of fostering the growth and development of an authentic American Buddhism that takes its inspiration from the wisdom traditions of the East but adopts new forms, new approaches, and new applications that are suited to contemporary American society and culture.
Global Spiritual Life at NYU’s mission is to offer environments and tools for transformative multifaith and spiritual encounters at NYU and beyond. The Mindfulness in Business initiative at NYU was founded in 2014 as a collaboration between the Stern School of Business and NYU Global Spiritual Life to enhance mindful leadership skills in business school education.
LMU hosts weekly Vipassana sessions and twice-weekly Zen meditations through the Marymount Center for Prayer and Peace. A leader in inter-religious dialogue, LMU has been active in the area of applied spirituality since its inception in 1911.
For more information and to register for the conference, visit the Awakened Leadership: Mindfulness in Business and at Work website.
Announces 2016 Mindfulness in Business Conference
Los Angeles, CA, April 21, 2015/ -- The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism released its 2015 Report to Stakeholders today, including descriptions of more than 20 grants made in the last year to 40 nonprofit organizations working in the fields of mindfulness, youth empowerment, violence prevention, education, criminal justice reform, health care, and business. The Foundation also announced Awakened Leadership: Mindfulness in Business 2016, a conference exploring pathways for collaboration between leaders in the business and mindfulness communities, scheduled for June 1-3, 2016, in Los Angeles, CA.
The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism was founded in 1998 to foster the growth and development of an authentic American Buddhism that takes its inspiration from the wisdom traditions of the East but adopts new forms, new approaches, and new applications that are uniquely suited to contemporary American society and culture. Since its launch, the Foundation has made more than $5.3 million worth of grants to over 80 American Buddhist organizations and their partners in social change, and has conducted capacity-building training programs for its grantees in the fields of fundraising and cross-sector collaboration. In 2014 and early 2015, the Foundation made or committed more than $614,000 worth of grants and program-related distributions to its network of grantee organizations.
Norman S. Oberstein, Lenz Foundation chair, said: “In all of our work, we seek to advance Dr. Frederick P. Lenz’s far-reaching vision for how American society could be transformed by Buddhist practices and ethics. As we move toward the second half of this decade, we will be exploring the role that mindfulness can play in many areas of social justice and in a business context, where we believe a great opportunity for social transformation exists.”
The Foundation announced Awakened Leadership: Mindfulness in Business 2016 in collaboration with the New York University Department of Global Spiritual Life and Stern School of Business. In the 2-1/2 day conference, which will take place in Los Angeles on the Loyola Marymount campus, participants will explore how skillful leadership starts with the self and then naturally expands outward into organizations, businesses, employees, consumers, and shareholders. Through shared learning in mindfulness and its application to organizational development, the conference intends to open a pathway of ongoing work and cooperation between the Foundation’s network of grantees, their local business and community leaders, and others from the corporate community.
For further information on this conference, contact the Lenz Foundation at email@example.com.
Click here to obtain a PDF copy of the Foundation’s Report to Stakeholders 2015.
About the Lenz FoundationThe Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism funds transformative nonprofit organizations in the United States that are dedicated to reshaping their fields by applying and disseminating Buddhist principles and practices in their work. The Foundation draws its inspiration from Dr. Frederick P. Lenz and his groundbreaking work to develop a form of Buddhism uniquely suited to American society and culture. In particular, the Foundation has developed a community- and capacity-building strategy that reflects Dr. Lenz’s special insights into the role Buddhist principles and practices play in transforming the lives of individuals. The Foundation provides general-assistance and restricted grants, program-related investments, education and training and other programs designed to grow and strengthen the emerging community of American Buddhist institutions. To learn more, visit the Foundation web site at fredericklenzfoundation.org.
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Los Angeles, CA -- The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism in association with The Presencing Institute headed by Otto Scharmer has launched Phase One of its innovative, multi-phased Contemplation, Collaboration and Change Program for the benefit of Lenz Foundation grantees and their invited partners.
The purpose of the program is to help Foundation grantees gain experience and expertise in the launching and sustaining of collaborations with each other and with partner institutions in other sectors. According to Norman Oberstein, Chairman of the Lenz Foundation, "Phase One of the 14-month program was held at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York, and exceeded our expectations. With 50 participating organizations combining resources in a variety of ways under professional training, we are already seeing magnified results which one organization alone might not achieve acting on its own. The possibilities that grantees came up with at Garrison were amazing.”
Said Susan Sjkei, Program Manager for the Presencing Institute, "We are excited about offering our collaboration program to groups ranging from Buddhist social activists to publishers and universities. They all have diverse missions but share a collective belief that meditation and mindfulness will help the world. We were delighted to see their willingness and interest in collaboration."
Phase Two of the program includes four webinars offered by the Presencing Institute and a second workshop retreat at the Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, in June, 2014.
The Lenz Foundation announced it will offer up to $100,000 in grant funding to organizations that develop viable collaboration proposals and will concentrate future grant-making efforts on the most promising collaborations. The selection committee will consist of Lenz Foundation grant recipients. All worthwhile proposals will receive grant support in 2014. The Lenz Foundation currently seeks partners with whom to collaborate in order to increase the funding pool for worthy collaboration proposals.
The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism is dedicated to promoting the benefits of Zen Buddhism, meditation, yoga and related Buddhist practices as a pathway to self-realization and the harmonious blending of the material and spiritual in contemporary American Society.
The Presencing Institute is an awareness-based action research community for profound societal innovation and change.
For further information, contact Norman Oberstein at email@example.com.