Shaolin Buddhists walk a fine line towards spiritual enlightenment.
We pursue our spirituality inwardly while outwardly engaging with other human beings.
Community Service is an act of humility,
it is a statement by our soul that we are all equal
and we should treat each other with
dignity, humanity and love.
Sometimes the directions we need are not found the in questions about directions.
"You cannot reach your spiritual destination without stopping along the way for directions". -- Sijo Po
We try to ignore them on the streets, but deep down our empathy gets the best of us. We feel sorry and want to help. So why don't we?
Fear isn't real.
Fear of being conned, fear of being mugged, fear of violence against us.
But fear can be managed.
We can manage fear of violence with proper self defense training. We can manage fear of being mugged by training our spatial awareness. We can manage fear of being conned through training our self awareness and patience of others.
All of our volunteers are trained to manage fear so that they can put all their energies to helping the homeless in the most humane, compassionate way we can.
We know someone in pain, completely alone, in distress, but what can we do, what can one person do?
One person can do a lot.
Their pain is deep, their energy is negative, and we feel ourselves being sucked into their dark black holes. We fear for ourselves and so we do nothing.
It doesn't have to be like this.
We can manage negative energy in ourselves and in others through proper meditation techniques. You can learn to build positive energy in yourself, defend against negative energy in others, and even grow positive energy in those with negative energy.
Our Little Forest Meditation techniques show you how.
Suffering in pain, alone, surrounded by strangers, most of whom are also in pain, and alone, can be a debilitating experience. It creates an atmosphere worse than death itself. Soul crushing pessimism. How do you bring hope and optimism to someone who has so little chance of survival?
It is truly amazing how the power of listening to someone sharing their pain, can cause such a relief of that pain.
An empathetic, compassionate listener need not carry that pain with them either. You can learn to meditate so that you need not absorb negative energy into yourself, as an act of lessening the pain in others, but instead growing the positive energy in yourself and growing it in others.