The Lotus Team is creating Deep Buddhism
33
patrons
$738
per month
“My boat struck something deep.
Nothing happened.
Sound, silence, waves.
Nothing happened?
Or perhaps, everything happened
And I’m sitting in the middle of my new life.”
– Juan Ramon Jimenez

Greetings Creative Ones,

Maybe you are living in North America, Asia, Africa, Mexico or anywhere else in the world and you want access to deeper teachings. You have a desire to transform your institution, workplace, self and society. Maybe you feel overworked, you long to express your true self and you want to help others.

If you are living in North America (or any colonized country) where the faces in your practice communities are predominantly white, perhaps you recognize that it has to do with systemic inequity and question what you can do and how you can use your practice to change things.

If you identify as a person of color/multi-heritage, young, LGBTQIA, gender non-binary or gender non-conforming, differently-abled, low-income earning, or in active solidarity, perhaps you’ve been aware for a long time of the deep connection between spiritual practice and social justice. You have seen how Buddhist and other spiritual/wellness communities often reflect patterns of privilege, capitalism, and exclusivity.

Maybe you are an artist, playwright, filmmaker, professor, craftsperson, social worker, educator, minister, musician, dancer, blogger, farmer, student, entrepreneur, or a retired member of society. Maybe you have real concern for your efforts to make lasting change. Maybe you have real concern for our youth as they contend with trauma and bullying. Or maybe your community of difference feels increasingly threatened and you are passionate about making change.

Maybe you live in the intersection of these identities.

Welcome! The Lotus Institute Team is here for you. Because whoever you are, wherever you are and whatever you do matters. Every moment, each breath, each inner and outer action is an embodiment of your practice. We are here for you to go deep, deeper, deeper still.

We recognize that not everyone has the means or time to attend retreats. We recognize that online resources are essential to support change makers around the world. We recognize that support and mentoring for people of color both in person and online is essential. And we recognize that creating more welcoming and safer spaces at in-person retreats is critical.

Our aim is to strengthen community, broaden access to the teachings and make digital paths of study and practice affordable and accessible. Patreon is a vehicle to make this happen. We are creating Deep Buddhism- Buddhist practice(s) for change makers on the journey of individual and collective healing, transformation and liberation. We welcome you to join us!

Why Patreon?
Patreon’s model is the closest we’ve found in alignment with Lotus’ bottom up approach. It exists outside the tangles of mainstream funding sources, so whether your support is $1 per month or $1000/month, it is relevant, helpful, appreciated and important. It adds up. Patreon helps us bring dharma practices to you without having to worry about investing inordinate amounts of energy into fundraising or becoming commercially viable.

It exists outside of traditional fundraising schemas (think paywalls, donor drives, catering to the highest bidders) and also outside of traditional crowdfunding (think project-based platforms like Kickstarter or Go Fund me where countless resources are diverted to promoting a campaign each time we want to do something).

It also is grassroots, community-based. It gives us a streamlined platform to ask for and receive your input as key supporters. And because it is internet-based, it provides an opportunity for people around the world to participate.

Patreon enables us to pay a team of professionals who are also dharma practitioners devoted to a life of service to carry out the time and work of capturing and putting out content. We get to make free and low-cost content available to the public without worrying about starving or relying on volunteers. Patreon is created for creators to put out stuff for their people and for the world. In our case it provides a vehicle for creating sustainability for a life of dharma service. It's beautiful. Your monthly donation helps us (and you) know what money we're working with and what projects we can make actionable in real time. And, most importantly, it makes more things accessible to more people for free! Thank you!

Here is an example of what we did in 2018 and what we plan to do in the next year:
  • Create an online academy platform and roll out the first batch of courses: The 4 Gates of Mindfulness with Larry Ward and an Intro to the Brahma Viharas with Peggy Rowe Ward
  • Provide online resources (and later, training) for sangha facilitators
  • Make retreat recordings available to participants for listening and download; Update, the last 2 years + of retreat recordings are now available to participants via private playlist links on Soundcloud, because of our patrons!
  • Sort and begin to post dharma talks by Larry online through soundcloud/youtube, online course material, as well as the launch of the Deep Buddhism Podcast! Update, this has begun. Many dharma talks are organized and available now on our new website with links to audio and video. We are also working on sorting and editing material, both old and new, that has never been released publicly, massaging them into topics that we hope to release via the Virtual Academy as online courses and via the Deep Buddhism Podcast as seasons of episodes.
  • Launch a Lotus Institute People Of Color retreat in the US, guided by the needs, requests and feedback of Lotus POC practitioners and students (In the works for fall of 2019)
  •  Launch planning of the first Dragon Flower Assembly; Lotus' biennial retreat where students and practitioners come together for a few days to celebrate and share creative expressions of the dharma through the arts (In the works for summer 2019)
  • Rollout a new website to organize and make easier access to practices (i.e to know what materials to access and where/how to find them if you're just beginning, deep into practice, or even deeper still as a dharma teacher, mentor, or person whose taken bodhisattva vows). Update, the site has launched!
  • Create a safer, more inclusive experience for communities of difference- Revise retreat processes, guidelines, and agreements for retreat planners and participants at each stage from planning, registration, and travel through the participant experience, program evaluation and keeping in touch. Update, this is in the works. Retreat guidelines and practices have been revised and are being implemented for our 2019 retreats.
  • Create more support for those who don't have funds to attend retreats Update, we are able to provide more scholarships starting in 2019 because of patrons!

Who are we?
The Lotus Institute was inspired by Zen Master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh.
Founded by Larry Ward, PhD and Peggy Rowe, EdD , senior dharma teachers in Thich Nhat Hanh’s engaged order, they’ve committed their lives to effect non-violent social change, healing, and transformation. Peggy and Larry transmit a rare combination of academic, lived, and embodied wisdom that helps actualize healing for self and community. Their background in Buddhist practice, justice and service work, psychology, education, trauma and resiliency training and somatics creates a powerful dynamic for change. They’ve recognized a growing community of fellow teachers and practitioners to work alongside them to bring these practices to the world.

More Info:
If you have questions or concerns about becoming a patron contact Kim (support thelotusinstitute dot org) and she will help you! Also read our FAQ‘s.

For more about The Lotus Institute feel free to visit our website or our blog.

If you’d like more information about how Patreon Works or need help with your Patreon account you can view resources on Patreon’s support page and contact their support team directly. 
Tiers
Wild Dragon Flower
$1 or more per month 13 patrons
As a supporter, whether you give $1/month or $1000/month (you can choose any amount) you'll get access to our Patron-only posts where we'll share works in process, patron-only dharma teachings (talks, teachings, poems, etc), musings, random surprises, updates on projects, and early access to material. 


Once in awhile we may send you random surprises, maybe even in the mail! If you want them, please be sure to include your address when you check out!


We'll also check in with you for insight about Lotus' direction- you are the beloved community to help shape where we're going and although your feedback is appreciated it's never required. We really listen and read every comment. We appreciate your voice and your support. Thank you so much. 


Let's do this!

Wild Poppy
$10 or more per month 10 patrons
Your support will give you all of the above and go towards a scholarship fund to helps student who can't afford training enroll in a paid online course. Remember to send us your address!
Wild Hollyhock
$40 or more per month 5 patrons
Your support will give you all the benefits of a Wild Dragon Flower and fund one student per year to enroll in a paid online course on full scholarship. Remember to send us your address!
Wild Cereus Night Blooming Cactus
$100 or more per month 3 patrons
Your support will give you all the benefits of a Wild Dragon Flower and cover all the retreat registration and dana costs for one student per year to attend a retreat on full scholarship. Remember to send us your address!
Wild Rose
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
Your support will give you all the benefits of a Wild Dragon Flower and cover all the retreat registration and dana costs for a student at each of Lotus' retreats to attend on full scholarship. Remember to send us your address!
Goals
33 of 75 patrons
When we reach 75 patrons we can fund everything from our first goal (the monthly cost of our new and existing digital platforms for communication, online courses, retreat recordings and the Deep Buddhism podcast (home for dharma talks)....
....PLUS half of the monthly production and project cost to create and launch the virtual academy (online courses), podcast and hosting of retreat recordings online.  At this level we also fund half of the monthly cost for part-time support, community building, and retreat coordination.
And at every level of goals reached we can send more people on retreats on scholarship!

* We figured out these numbers by calculating Lotus costs and dividing that number by the average amount of patronage per patron based on our first few months of donations (total donations per month divided by number of patrons).
2 of 5
“My boat struck something deep.
Nothing happened.
Sound, silence, waves.
Nothing happened?
Or perhaps, everything happened
And I’m sitting in the middle of my new life.”
– Juan Ramon Jimenez

Greetings Creative Ones,

Maybe you are living in North America, Asia, Africa, Mexico or anywhere else in the world and you want access to deeper teachings. You have a desire to transform your institution, workplace, self and society. Maybe you feel overworked, you long to express your true self and you want to help others.

If you are living in North America (or any colonized country) where the faces in your practice communities are predominantly white, perhaps you recognize that it has to do with systemic inequity and question what you can do and how you can use your practice to change things.

If you identify as a person of color/multi-heritage, young, LGBTQIA, gender non-binary or gender non-conforming, differently-abled, low-income earning, or in active solidarity, perhaps you’ve been aware for a long time of the deep connection between spiritual practice and social justice. You have seen how Buddhist and other spiritual/wellness communities often reflect patterns of privilege, capitalism, and exclusivity.

Maybe you are an artist, playwright, filmmaker, professor, craftsperson, social worker, educator, minister, musician, dancer, blogger, farmer, student, entrepreneur, or a retired member of society. Maybe you have real concern for your efforts to make lasting change. Maybe you have real concern for our youth as they contend with trauma and bullying. Or maybe your community of difference feels increasingly threatened and you are passionate about making change.

Maybe you live in the intersection of these identities.

Welcome! The Lotus Institute Team is here for you. Because whoever you are, wherever you are and whatever you do matters. Every moment, each breath, each inner and outer action is an embodiment of your practice. We are here for you to go deep, deeper, deeper still.

We recognize that not everyone has the means or time to attend retreats. We recognize that online resources are essential to support change makers around the world. We recognize that support and mentoring for people of color both in person and online is essential. And we recognize that creating more welcoming and safer spaces at in-person retreats is critical.

Our aim is to strengthen community, broaden access to the teachings and make digital paths of study and practice affordable and accessible. Patreon is a vehicle to make this happen. We are creating Deep Buddhism- Buddhist practice(s) for change makers on the journey of individual and collective healing, transformation and liberation. We welcome you to join us!

Why Patreon?
Patreon’s model is the closest we’ve found in alignment with Lotus’ bottom up approach. It exists outside the tangles of mainstream funding sources, so whether your support is $1 per month or $1000/month, it is relevant, helpful, appreciated and important. It adds up. Patreon helps us bring dharma practices to you without having to worry about investing inordinate amounts of energy into fundraising or becoming commercially viable.

It exists outside of traditional fundraising schemas (think paywalls, donor drives, catering to the highest bidders) and also outside of traditional crowdfunding (think project-based platforms like Kickstarter or Go Fund me where countless resources are diverted to promoting a campaign each time we want to do something).

It also is grassroots, community-based. It gives us a streamlined platform to ask for and receive your input as key supporters. And because it is internet-based, it provides an opportunity for people around the world to participate.

Patreon enables us to pay a team of professionals who are also dharma practitioners devoted to a life of service to carry out the time and work of capturing and putting out content. We get to make free and low-cost content available to the public without worrying about starving or relying on volunteers. Patreon is created for creators to put out stuff for their people and for the world. In our case it provides a vehicle for creating sustainability for a life of dharma service. It's beautiful. Your monthly donation helps us (and you) know what money we're working with and what projects we can make actionable in real time. And, most importantly, it makes more things accessible to more people for free! Thank you!

Here is an example of what we did in 2018 and what we plan to do in the next year:
  • Create an online academy platform and roll out the first batch of courses: The 4 Gates of Mindfulness with Larry Ward and an Intro to the Brahma Viharas with Peggy Rowe Ward
  • Provide online resources (and later, training) for sangha facilitators
  • Make retreat recordings available to participants for listening and download; Update, the last 2 years + of retreat recordings are now available to participants via private playlist links on Soundcloud, because of our patrons!
  • Sort and begin to post dharma talks by Larry online through soundcloud/youtube, online course material, as well as the launch of the Deep Buddhism Podcast! Update, this has begun. Many dharma talks are organized and available now on our new website with links to audio and video. We are also working on sorting and editing material, both old and new, that has never been released publicly, massaging them into topics that we hope to release via the Virtual Academy as online courses and via the Deep Buddhism Podcast as seasons of episodes.
  • Launch a Lotus Institute People Of Color retreat in the US, guided by the needs, requests and feedback of Lotus POC practitioners and students (In the works for fall of 2019)
  •  Launch planning of the first Dragon Flower Assembly; Lotus' biennial retreat where students and practitioners come together for a few days to celebrate and share creative expressions of the dharma through the arts (In the works for summer 2019)
  • Rollout a new website to organize and make easier access to practices (i.e to know what materials to access and where/how to find them if you're just beginning, deep into practice, or even deeper still as a dharma teacher, mentor, or person whose taken bodhisattva vows). Update, the site has launched!
  • Create a safer, more inclusive experience for communities of difference- Revise retreat processes, guidelines, and agreements for retreat planners and participants at each stage from planning, registration, and travel through the participant experience, program evaluation and keeping in touch. Update, this is in the works. Retreat guidelines and practices have been revised and are being implemented for our 2019 retreats.
  • Create more support for those who don't have funds to attend retreats Update, we are able to provide more scholarships starting in 2019 because of patrons!

Who are we?
The Lotus Institute was inspired by Zen Master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh.
Founded by Larry Ward, PhD and Peggy Rowe, EdD , senior dharma teachers in Thich Nhat Hanh’s engaged order, they’ve committed their lives to effect non-violent social change, healing, and transformation. Peggy and Larry transmit a rare combination of academic, lived, and embodied wisdom that helps actualize healing for self and community. Their background in Buddhist practice, justice and service work, psychology, education, trauma and resiliency training and somatics creates a powerful dynamic for change. They’ve recognized a growing community of fellow teachers and practitioners to work alongside them to bring these practices to the world.

More Info:
If you have questions or concerns about becoming a patron contact Kim (support thelotusinstitute dot org) and she will help you! Also read our FAQ‘s.

For more about The Lotus Institute feel free to visit our website or our blog.

If you’d like more information about how Patreon Works or need help with your Patreon account you can view resources on Patreon’s support page and contact their support team directly. 

Recent posts by The Lotus Team

Tiers
Wild Dragon Flower
$1 or more per month 13 patrons
As a supporter, whether you give $1/month or $1000/month (you can choose any amount) you'll get access to our Patron-only posts where we'll share works in process, patron-only dharma teachings (talks, teachings, poems, etc), musings, random surprises, updates on projects, and early access to material. 


Once in awhile we may send you random surprises, maybe even in the mail! If you want them, please be sure to include your address when you check out!


We'll also check in with you for insight about Lotus' direction- you are the beloved community to help shape where we're going and although your feedback is appreciated it's never required. We really listen and read every comment. We appreciate your voice and your support. Thank you so much. 


Let's do this!

Wild Poppy
$10 or more per month 10 patrons
Your support will give you all of the above and go towards a scholarship fund to helps student who can't afford training enroll in a paid online course. Remember to send us your address!
Wild Hollyhock
$40 or more per month 5 patrons
Your support will give you all the benefits of a Wild Dragon Flower and fund one student per year to enroll in a paid online course on full scholarship. Remember to send us your address!
Wild Cereus Night Blooming Cactus
$100 or more per month 3 patrons
Your support will give you all the benefits of a Wild Dragon Flower and cover all the retreat registration and dana costs for one student per year to attend a retreat on full scholarship. Remember to send us your address!
Wild Rose
$1,000 or more per month 0 patrons
Your support will give you all the benefits of a Wild Dragon Flower and cover all the retreat registration and dana costs for a student at each of Lotus' retreats to attend on full scholarship. Remember to send us your address!