Welcome To The Lotus Institute

Founded at the urging of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, The Lotus Institute offers embodied education for those wishing to explore or deepen their path of practice. Found at the intersection of dharma studies (Buddhist practice), art, contemplative neuroscience, body-centered healing and social imagination, Lotus' offerings are rooted in awakening and embodying a path of compassionate action made accessible for today's times. Lotus offers in person and online resources for those who are changing the world through art, work, and/or activism (especially those who see these as interconnected and inseparable). Lotus actively mentors people of color, focuses on making teachings available to international change-makers, and strives to renew the teachings and trainings of the Bodhisattvas - great beings throughout history who've dismantled oppressive patterns within themselves and used the compassionate wisdom born from their work to help others.

The Lotus Institute was founded by Peggy Rowe-Ward and Larry Ward, two of Thich Nhat Hanh's senior, non-monastic dharma teachers who have dedicated their lives to a path of service.