Description of Organization
The central mission of Peace on the Street is education. Our mission is to provide an integrated educational program based upon the psychological understandings articulated by the historic Buddha and developed, through the centuries, by his teachers. We provide meditation classes to train the mind. We extend this mental training to the physical through our martial arts program. It is our belief that mental and physical training should be sustained through proper work and economic well-being. To that end we provide career training as part of our integrated program. In essence our mission is to provide a program that integrates mind (meditation), body (martial arts) and spirit (work).
In 2011, a non-interest bearing loan of $20,000 was awarded to bridge an expected 2011 deficit pending receipt of cash flow from a fundraising campaign created under the guidance of the Soul of Money Institute.
In 2010, an additional grant in the amount of $15,000 was awarded to support operations in order to close a budget deficiency during a challenging economic period.
In 2003, an initial grant in the amount of $78,000 was awarded for the purpose of establishing a pilot project to open a combination martial arts and community Zen meditation center aimed at disadvantaged youths in New York’s Manhattan area of Spanish Harlem. A major goal of the program is to work with inner city youth to reduce violence and anger in their lives and in that of their community, using Frederick Lenz’ approach to meditation and life success. Peace on the Street provides formal week long Zen retreats which have been attended by a large number of its students. Since launching the pilot project, Peace on the Street has received support from other foundations and the encouragement of Congressman Charles Rangel. Peace on the Street was featured as the cover story in the Winter 2008 edition of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. With its ongoing success, expansion plans are under consideration.