Description of Organization
The mission of Dawn Mountain is threefold: As a Tibetan temple it offers traditional Buddhist teachings tailored towards contemporary Americans. Second, as a community center it provides programs that promote physical and mental well-being independent of any religious orientation. And third, as a research institute they support translation of materials on Tibetan philosophy, ritual and culture.
In 2022, a grant of $2,000 was awarded to Dawn Mountain to further support a $20,000 grant introduced by the Lenz Foundation to, and funded by, the Hemera Foundation. The grant is for “Foundational Practices (Ngondro): The Brilliant Basics of Buddhism,” a new multimedia course with regularly paced short teaching videos, supplemented by guided-meditation podcasts and live support from Dawn Mountain’s main teachers and guest instructors, including virtual classes with discussion and question-and-answer sessions. Grant funding supports the production and editing of the multimedia course and the marketing and advertising to make it widely available. The course will introduce or deepen integration with the core topics of Buddhist thought and practice, including the full Foundational Practices known as Ngondro. The course is a preparation for further study and practice of tantra and the Ati Yoga (Dzogchen), considered the most effective approach to develop liberating wisdom and broad unbiased compassion. The material is intended to attract and support new lay practitioners. Supplementing this will be an ongoing parallel teaching thread connecting specific Indian sutras–the common heritage of all Buddhists–with the Foundational Practices discussed in the Tibetan context.
In 2017, a grant in the amount of $18,500 was awarded to Dawn Mountain Center for Tibetan Buddhism for capacity building in order to support their live broadcasting and conference capabilities and to increase their visibility online. The Lenz Foundation Grant assisted in the purchase of equipment and to hire the necessary professionals who could advise on content development and marketing in order to achieve Dawn Mountain’s goal of a global classroom.
In 2010, a grant in the amount of $2,500 was awarded to Dawn Mountain to support four symposia entitled “The Knowing Body: Art and the Discovery of Self.”