I recently went to work for a San Antonio Interfaith Ministry that provides services for the Homeless.
I have been volunteering there for years. But now I am on the Payroll, which means I can hang around more often, without having to run off and do something else to pay my bills.
So, as I look down the sidewalk at all the gentle spirits waiting for us to unlock the door...so that they can come in and get a hot shower and a hot meal...I think about my own Buddhist Practice.
I think about Buddha, wandering the hills with his disciples....all renuncites...ascetics...homeless... wandering...wandering...and now... I see them here...right in front of me.
I see the Wandering Ascetic Renunciate Bhikkus and Anis (Monks & Nuns) of the Twenty-First Century.
Now listen, Jesus is very popular here. In fact, there are only a few open, random nights for me to offer meditation...because so many Churches are coming down here to minister to the Homeless. Which is wonderful.
But, like in so many other areas...Where is the Buddhist Community?
So, I wondered how many of my Meditative Friends I could get down here or to start a HMP in their area? Nothing big...just sitting and walking and maybe reading from the Dhammapada.
This website is dedicated to this. It is for all of us...to encourage one other, to streach ourselves, and to practice better.
If you are a Lama, Roshi, Priest, Monk, Nun, Teacher, Meditation Center Director, average meditator like me, or currently living the Homeless Life....
I would love to get your help, advice, and posts.
So, Welcome to Homeless Meditation Practitioners(HMP) Website.
My plan is simple.
- Meet with the Homeless at the Downtown San Antonio Shelter... several nights a month.
- Bring in fresh flowers, incense, colorful alter-style fabrics, do walking and sitting meditation with them...and read from the Dhammapada.
- Ask all my Buddhist & Meditative brothers and sisters to join with me in this experience.
"Master your words. Master your thoughts. Never allow your body to do harm. Follow these three roads with purity And you will find yourself upon the one way, the Way of Wisdom."
Thursday, 15 October 2009
Homeless Meditation Practitioners
written by Shonin
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