Bringing meditation to the poor
Posted in the Buddhism Forum
#1 Jan 21, 2013
BEING homeless is one of the most stressful experiences anyone can face.
So residents of a Blackpool hostel were delighted when they got the chance to restore some calm to their lives.
They took part in an hour-long meditation session led by Buddhist monk Kelsang Wangchuk.
Mr Wangchuk, from the Keajra Kadampa Buddhist Centre on Holmfield Road, North Shore, was invited to lead a spiritual class at Oak House on Knowle Avenue, also in North Shore, which is run by the Blackpool-based Ashley Foundation for the homeless.
Debbie Parr, a support worker at Oak House, said 11 people including residents, staff and volunteers, took part in the session.
She said: "Everyone said the class was very good and we would really like to thank him for coming in.
"It was all about calming people's minds, which was very helpful for everyone, but especially our residents who - because they have become homeless - have often had a chaotic lifestyle in the past."
Mr Wangchuk joined the Buddhist centre just before Christmas as a resident teacher.
He has already made food offerings for the homeless residents at Oak House and is keen to get involved with community events.
He said: "I was looking at the local area to see what would be needed.
"In my research I found there were high levels of homeless people and noticed the Ashley Foundation on a walk down town, so I contacted them with my proposal.
"The purpose of Keajra Kadampa Buddhist Centre, and all the other Kadampa centres around the world, is to provide the public with a service for people who wish to cultivate a positive and happy state of mind, day by day, every day.
"I am looking at other ways to help and serve the community."
The Keajra Centre runs meditation classes at its centre and at locations in Fleetwood and St Annes.
The Ashley Foundation, based in Abingdon Street, operates a number of hostels for the homeless.
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