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Venerable Ani Tenzin Choyang & Jangchub Choeling Nunnery
Wisdom Lotus Foundation is proud and delighted to be partnering with the Ven. Tenzin Choyang and others to help build a library and learning center (including a science and computer lab) at the Jangchub Choeling Nunnery, Doeguling Tibetan Settlement. The direct beneficiaries of the program will be 285 nuns of Jangchub Choeling Nunnery, nuns living in dozens of secluded nunneries of the Himalayan region, and lay women of Doeguling Tibetan settlement. The Ven. Ani Tenzin Choyang, who has been studying Buddhist Philosophy for the last 20 years, was selected in 2017 to attend the Tenzin Gyatso Science Scholar Program at Emory University as part of the Emory Tibet Science Initiative. In 2022 she participated in a research internship at Northwestern University where in-depth training was conducted in theory and methods of human neuroscience. She was one of the first nuns to be recommended for and awarded the degree of Geshema degree. This degree is the highest level of training in the Gelugpa tradition and is equivalent to a PhD in Tibetan Buddhism. We are excited to have embarked on this important, inspirational, and empowering collaboration together with our Wisdom Lotus Foundation partners!
THE SOUL POD: Dr Lisette Cooper Interview: 2022
Podcast with Gary Louis
Our very own Dr. Lisette Cooper was interviewed by Gary Louis for his podcast The Soul Pod. Gary first met Lisette on a silent meditation retreat in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, where Lisette served as Gary's meditation instructor. Lisette describes what has motivated her to study the dharma and live a mindful lifestyle. She explains the qualities she feels are most important when a meditation student is seeking out a teacher. Lisette also talks about how she finds the time in her busy schedule as a manager for a large financial firm to practice meditation. Through her many years of studying dharma and practicing meditation, Lisette has befriended many of the modern influential scholars and practitioners of Buddhism and spirituality. Gary and Lisette also discuss what it means to be a compassionate person and why self-compassion is the foundation to be able to practice compassion toward others. Lisette discusses why she feels the body is the key to moving through trauma and, consequently, letting go of the clinging to self that hinders our soul’s evolution.
Facebook/Meta: Activism & Shareholder Engagement: 2021-2022
Women's Inclusion Project
Our work towards fighting for greater safety protections for children online is at the forefront of what we do. In Meta Platforms Inc.'s 2022 Shareholder proposal we we co-filers in asking the board to address issues regarding Facebook's issues with Child sexual exploitation online (and Child Sexual Abuse Material—CSAM). Over the past several years we at Wisdom Lotus Foundation have worked closely with Proxy Impact and other significant partners (Maryknoll Sisters, Stardust Fund, etc.) to actively work to protect children, and not end-to-end encryption.
Women's Inclusion Project: 2019-2022
Partnership with Proxy Impact
Wisdom Lotus Foundation is working closely with the Women's Inclusion Project and Proxy Impact to utilize gender lens investment strategies to support women and girls. Together we engage companies to increase board gender diversity, expand the number of women in senior management, eliminate gender pay disparities, and stop online child sexual exploitation.
Great Perfection Initiative Third Annual: 2020 Gathering
Partnership with the Contemplative Sciences Center at UVA
Wisdom Lotus Foundation is working closely with David Germano and the Contemplative Sciences Center at UVA to coordinate, organize and, execute the third Great Perfection Gathering in Berkeley, California in September 2020. Photo taken by Sarah Nitschke. June 2018