The Flourish Foundation is a social profit dedicated to promoting contemplative based practices in communities for the purpose of achieving mental balance and compassion. The heart of our work focuses on the human potential to be morally and ethically responsible world citizens.
Contemplative practices can be understood as methods or tools that develop attention skills, deepen personal and interpersonal understanding, and cultivate kindness and compassion. With diligence, contemplative practices can positively transform the way we view and engage with ourselves, others, and the world around us.
Although the 21st century has proven to be an incredible time of innovation and growth, humanity is beset by an unprecedented degree of violence, political corruption, environmental degradation, social injustice, and psychological disorders. It is our belief that at the root of this human caused suffering are the mental imbalances of hatred, greed, selfishness, and delusion, and until we adequately address these imbalances of the mind it will be difficult to create and sustain positive solutions toward our most difficult global challenges.
For hundreds of years, contemplative practices have been used as a sustainable means for cultivating the mind and heart in ways that give rise to lasting fulfillment, compassion, and interconnectivity. Recently this has been corroborated by eminent scientists in prestigious universities who have confirmed that such practices have the ability to change the way human beings view and engage with the world. The work of the Flourish Foundation focuses on furthering the development of these contemplative approaches to support children, parents, teachers and all other members of the community in becoming effective instruments of positive change both individually and collectively.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES:
We believe that personal contemplative practice is integral to becoming the change we wish to see in the world.
We believe that what we are speaks more loudly than what we say we are.
We believe that at the core of every living being there is virtue.
We believe that compassion is necessary for our survival.
We believe that true human flourishing comes from a caring heart, a balanced mind, and insight into the nature of reality.
We believe that the welfare of all living beings is infinitely more important than one, and the welfare of one is infinitely important.
We believe in living simply so that others may simply live.
We believe in offering the benefit of our work to the thriving of all living beings.
We believe in seeking first to cherish rather than to be cherished.
We believe that because life is short, it is imperative to be truly boundless in our giving.
We believe in never giving up regardless of what is happening around us.
We believe in not succumbing to hatred toward others, while standing up against injustice and destructiveness.