Blossoming Lotus Transformation

We integrate the common and uniquely different approaches of diverse faith-knowledge-practice systems (paths) to create innovative multi-perspective problem-solving tools for the challenges faced by members of diverse communities as discerned from their Stories of Adversity & Resilience . Our integrated strategy is applied to improve the health & wellbeing (including mental and physical health as well as safety and civic vigor) of as well as create sustainable progress (economic self-reliance and innovation and entrepreneurship) for diverse communities.  Thus, the Blossoming Lotus Transformation project enables us to weave a Tapestory of Positive Outcomes that can help alleviate suffering through empowering personal and community transformation. 
EXPLAINING THE METAPHOR
"Blossoming Lotus"        
Origin: Paths of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism (India)
The closed bud of a lotus flower rises up from the muddy and murky waters of a pond or lake to the surface, where upon breathing in the fresh air the bud blossoms into a many-petaled flower of resplendent beauty. This astonishing feat inspired many peoples of India (HindusBuddhistsJains) to regard the lotus as a metaphor for human existence. The murk and mud at the bottom of the pond represent suffering and the journey of the lotus bud from these dark depths to the surface symbolizes fortitude, strength, and survival. The blossoming of the bud into a flower represents the inner transformation of a burdened human being into one who has learned to fulfill her or his highest potential and has achieved enlightenment. Through the paths of Hinduism and Buddhism based on the ancient Indian path of Dharma ​(an integrated system of implementary science aimed not only at exploring and describing existence, but also understanding, experiencing, and living according its true nature) the metaphor of the lotus as purity, strength, survival, and enlightenment has spread from India to Nepal, Tibet, China, Japan, and many other countries and peoples throughout the world. 
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Śramani Institute
The Śramani Institute is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit institution currently active in the United States and India. Our Mission is to generate and implement effective, long-term, sustainable, and equitable solutions to concertedly solve the 5 Major Human-Ecological Challenges facing humanity today: poverty, hunger & ill-health, environmental degradation, violence & disenfranchisement, and identity loss. 

The Śramani Institute synergistically solves these Challenges by promoting attitudes and behaviors (cultures) and Knowledge & Technologies (KT) that are rooted in ourselves and in nature. From our grassroots work over several years working with ancient and tribal communities we have learned that when individuals and communities are rooted in themselves and/or in the natural environments (ecosystems) they live in, they are remarkably innovative, peaceful, self-reliant, and enjoy a high overall Quality of Life.

Thus, an important part of the Śramani Institute's approach is to learn from diverse rooted – especially ancient and tribal – communities across the world, help them revitalize their cultures and Knowledge & Technologies (KT), and adapt these cultures and KT to rural and urban settings to enhance the wellbeing of a larger number of communities and ecosystems through Hybrid Knowledge & Technologies (HKT).

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