Losing everything at age 50 when sent to prison for the first and only time, led to my being homeless for a number of years. From this experience I've learned there is a desperate need for Dharma Outreach for the homeless. So I have decided to start a a project called the Homeless Dharma Network. This network will support homeless Buddhists by helping them get to Teachings, meeting Teachers, and finding a strong sense of Community (Sangha) in an otherwise deprived, rejected, and isolated population. A basic intent of this project is to help the homeless who are interested in Buddhadharma to study, practice, and connect via social networking tools.
To be of the best service to the homeless, I would like to complete Buddhist Chaplaincy Training. Being on a very limited monthly income, however, I do not have the funds to achieve this goal. Again, I am homeless. Fortunately, there are some professional fundraising organizations available. I will list the links to two of those sites below. One is to be able to attend the Chaplaincy Training, fees and expenses. The other is to help start the homeless outreach network. Fortunately, both involve relatively very low amounts, and it's this fact that raises my hopes of being able to attain these goals.
The web address to find out more and donate to my being able to afford Buddhist Chaplaincy Training is:
And the site to donate to the Homeless Dharma Network is:
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this post, and please, if you can help, great, and if not, please simply wish for my success, for although out of prison and homeless, I am not useless.
Stephen Conover (Sonam Dorje)