(Prologue, Pg.6, "Meditation Saved My Life" Book by Phakyab Rinpoche / Sofia Stril-Revel)
Is a non-profit organization established in 1994 to honor the life of Helen Graham Park, a successful international architect and life-long student of consciousness, healing and the mind-body connection.
Mrs. Park worked closely with C.V. Starr, who was an international insurance magnate, philanthropist, the founder of AIG, and had strong ties to East and South East Asia. In her free time, she devoted herself to the study of cross-cultural models of consciousness including Jungian psychology, quantum physics, Buddhism, and the medical traditions of China, Persia, India and Tibet.
Mrs. Park maintained an avid interest in Tibetan Buddhism and spent a year in India from 1946 to 1947 collaboratively researching Tibetan medical texts with her partner Theos Bernard, an internationally acclaimed scholar of India and Tibet and a pioneer in the study of Hatha yoga.
She left behind an extensive archive of writings and personal papers documenting her exploration of consciousness and healing and exemplifying, through her own life story, the potential for humans to heal themselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
These papers articulate a powerful and prescient vision of how the modern sciences and the ancient wisdom traditions of the world can be brought into meaningful dialogue to help humanity resolve the challenges of the 21st century.
The Foundation honors Mrs. Park’s legacy and supports her vision through a series of ongoing programs designed to promote dialogue between the modern sciences and the wisdom traditions of the world to facilitate collaborative solutions to the challenges of our era. The purpose of the life work of Helen Graham Park and her partner Theos Bernard was based entirely on the premise that we can heal ourselves .
(left to right Mr. Paul Hackett, HH Dalai Lama, Ms. Barbara Graham, Mr. Robert Thurman).
The Foundation has archived most of Mrs. Park’s personal papers. This collection includes her personal diaries, journals, a number of unpublished essays and personal effects of Theos Bernard, and a rare collection of valuable Tibetan paintings, texts and artifacts. The complete collection of Theos Bernard’s life is archived at Yale University, University of California Berkeley, Columbia University and the Helen Graham Park Foundation, and is available for study and research.