The Sati Foundation would like to give people a practical path to the wisdom of Buddhism, directly based on Buddhas own words. These were transmitted orally for 500 years and then collected and written down in the Pali-canon. They are recorded in the Pali language and therefore the Sati Foundation is interested in researching and preserving this language.
Despite emphasis on the original Buddhist texts, the Sati Foundation is guided by a contemporary Buddhism. Of course, differences in cultural history are noticeable, especially considering the role of women in society. The Sati Foundation therefore is committed to helping and supporting the Bhikkhunī Saṅgha, the female ordained, as well as Buddhist nunneries.
The Sati Foundation is also particularly interested in supporting meditation courses for the development of tranquility and insight [samatha-vipassanā], which lead to the development of the mind and discernment.
The Buddhist path as described by the Buddha is a path of goodwill and joy. The mission of the Sati Foundation, Foundation for Mindfulness, is to show people a practical application of the Buddhist path in order to enable people to deal with the superficiality and hectic pace of everyday life and to find inner peace and true happiness.
Dr. med. Sylvia Pallas, the founder, is a graduate ophthalmologist and former businesswoman. As a doctor, she has gained from her own practicing the conviction that long-term health without inner framework cannot be achieved and maintained. Buddhism is a way to convey this inner framework through learning and experience.
Käthi Pavoni is another member of the board. She seriously started Buddhist meditation in 2003 and has done meditation retreats [metta, samatha, vipassanā] with various highly respected teachers in the Theravada tradition. She is especially thankful to Ven. Bhante Vimalaramsi Mahathera, Ven. Ajaan Tong Sirimangalo and his student Phra Ofer Adi. Co-founding of this foundation is her way for showing gratitude. She is also on the board of the supporting association of the German Buddhist nunnery Aneñja Vihara.
The Board of Trustees is Dr. iur. Rainer Burghardt, a practicing lawyer for tax and foundation law.
The Sati Foundation was recognized as lawful by the Freiburg Regional Council [Regierungspräsidium Freiburg]. The Sati Foundation exclusively and directly pursues charitable, non-profit purposes. In the interest of the common good, donations to the Sati Foundation are generally tax-deductible. Inherited assets contributed to the Sati Foundation are exempt from inheritance tax. The Sati Foundation is run and managed by the founders exclusively on an honorary basis.