Foundation For Ethics And Meaning

Our Mission: We seek to re-awaken and foster the simple yet
transformative belief that people are yearning for meaningful connection to others and to a purpose greater than themselves. We challenge our cultural emphasis on material self-interest by encouraging a spirit of caring and a process of mutual recognition that will nourish inclusive, just and sustainable communities.

Originally founded by Michael Lerner and Mark LeVine, the vision of the Foundation embodies the following principles:

  • Human beings fundamentally stand in relationship to each other, and need each other’s recognition and love. The healthy human being is not the one who can stand alone, but the one who can acknowledge his/her need for others and can recognize in each other the sanctity that makes them worthy of respect and caring.
  • Human beings have a need to transcend the materialism, selfishness, and the manipulative consciousness that sees others primarily in terms of what they can get out of them.
  • The ethical, spiritual and psychological needs of human beings are as central to a decent life as the meeting of economic needs, and the protection of individual rights.
  • It is possible to restructure society in ways that would replace the dominant ethos of selfishness and materialism with an ethos of caring, idealism and spiritual solidarity.
  • The productivity and efficiency of government, business and social institutions ought to be measured by the degree to which the given institution contributes to meeting human needs.
  • The valuing of the wisdom and culture of indigenous peoples,
    spiritual and religious traditions the heightening of our sense of awe and wonder at the natural world, and a commitment to stewardship of the earth and its assets, are all central to the society we wish to foster.

FEM seeks to realize these principles through consciousness-raising events, Task Forces in many specific areas such as Education, Law, Media, The Arts and Work Issues, and through promotion of programs such as the Social Responsibility Initiative for corporations and other institutions.

Dhamma Peace Park And Gallery

The Dhamma Park is a holistic Eco-Spiritual Theme Park planned on Buddhist principles as a Pathway To Peace, leading us out of suffering and conflicts into inner Peace and World Peace. The arts, sustainable science, nature and humor all combine to raise spiritual and environmental awareness and to encourage ethical values and aesthetics in society. Dhamma Park will bring people of all ages, races and beliefs into direct contact with the Universal Values, in ways that will keep pace with rapidly changing public perceptions and tastes.

Dhamma Park will support the wellbeing of all living, and uplift the spirits of all who enter its precincts. Centered around a fountain of wisdom, it combines experiential walks amongst works of art, organic gardens, multi-media arts, marketplace, displays on natural power sources, an alternative medical health center, and simple accommodations. The concept of the theme part is replicable for any part of the world where favorable conditions may arise. The Peace Park model would bring spiritual and economic benefits to any community.

We have focused on developing strong links with the local community. Educational establishments, from kindergartens to universities, departments of further education, local government, public health and tourist organizations have all used our facilities to hold seminars and workshops, meetings and social activities. The ordained Buddhist community have joined in our activities and supports our endeavors.

Co-ordinator Venetia Walkey is an artist who is encouraging the idea that artists have a significant role to play in building cultures of Peace. Celebrated Thai woodcarver Inson Wongsam is also a Co-ordinator of the Dhamma Park Project.