Co-hosted by the Lenz Foundation and Naropa University, The Future of American Buddhism presented a series of online conversations that launched in the spring of 2022, followed by a multi-day conference, June 2 – 5, 2022 at Garrison Institute, New York. The program was open to the public as well as to Lenz grantees, academic colleagues, Buddhist leaders and practitioners.
The Frederick P. Lenz Foundation and Naropa University hosted a two-hour webinar for Lenz Foundation grantees and friends, presented by a diverse panel of Naropa scholars and faculty.
Webinar: Between Me and Freedom: Addressing Conscious and Unconscious Racism – On Sunday, November 22 at 11:00 am PST/2:00 pm EST
The Lenz Foundation invited its Advisory Committee and key stakeholders to a gathering in Borrego Springs, California from March 17-20, 2018. The goal of the Advisory Committee Conference was to review past performance and discuss new directions for the Foundation. All grantees of the Lenz Foundation were asked to submit five-minute videos and add their views to the dialogue in the form of a video competition. Winners received a grant.
The Lenz Foundation collaborated with NYU’s Department of Global Spiritual Life in association with its Stern School of Business to launch the Awakened Leadership Conference, June 1-3, 2016 in Los Angeles on the Loyola Marymount campus.
Contemplation, Collaboration and Change was a nine-month training program produced specifically for the Lenz Foundation by senior fellows of the Presencing Institute. The purpose of the program was to help Foundation grantees gain experience and expertise in launching and sustaining collaborations with each other and with partner institutions in other sectors. The program consisted of two weekend workshop retreats, four webinars, group coaching and some organizational consulting.
Through the Soul of Money Institute, the Foundation constructed for the benefit of each of its grantees, a $200,000+ fundraising and good business practice training program presented through a series of four webinars, two workshops and a Foundation conference. It took place between June, 2010 and September, 2011. In these difficult economic times, raising money and effectively implementing the program for which the funds have been raised is most challenging. As the Foundation’s economic resources have become more limited as a consequence of the economic downturn, the Foundation took some of its precious grant dollars to create this program, run by the experts at the Soul of Money, to enable the Foundation’s grantees to become more self-sufficient through effective fundraising and use of sound business practices.
The second Lenz Foundation Buddhist Leadership Conference was held at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado, during September 10-13, 2009. With 145 registered attendees, the conference raised the bar from the first conference held in 2007.
n October of 2007 the Lenz Foundation held its first Buddhist Leadership Conference at Peacemaker Circle International’s House of One People, in Montague, Massachusetts.
The purpose of this conference was to bring together our Board, Advisory Committee, Grant Partners and Foundation supporters drawn from Rama-Dr. Frederick Lenz’s teacher/student community to assist the Foundation in reviewing, refining and improving its existing programs, and in some cases, sampling them, as, for example, Roshi Dennis (Genpo) Merzel’s “Big Mind”; and to experience the teaching techniques of its grant partners and those who utilize Rama’s teaching materials available on the Foundation’s website.