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Outreach into the community can be an important part of spiritual practice and growth. Cultivating generosity and compassion helps to break down our habitual tendencies toward greed and selfishness. If you would like to become more engaged in the community at large, you may want to consider becoming involved in one of our outreach activities, described below.

If you'd like to discover more about these outreach activities from the organizers themselves, please attend a special Outreach Forum to be held at Ekoji on Sunday September 23, 3 - 4:30 pm. No advance registration required.

 

 

 

Family Mindfulness Meditation

This is an opportunity for children (up to age 12) and their parents to become fully present together. The group practices mindfulness (of breath, body sensations, sounds, thoughts, emotions, eating, movement, loving-kindness, compassionate listening and speech, and other forms). We play fun games to nurture children's innate ability to look and listen with beginner's mind. We discover the interconnected nature of all things. Together, we also learn the skills of transforming hurt feelings into understanding and compassion. Sundays once a month from 1 - 2 pm. Click here for details. For more information, please contact Erin Hawkins, LCSW at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Teen Mindfulness Meditation

This is an opportunity for teens aged 13-18 years to practice present moment awareness together.  In this group, teens learn to become present in each moment through the practice of sitting and walking meditation, looking deeply into thoughts, feelings, and body sensations, and exploring life challenges with the support of a healthy group of peers. Teens can learn navigation tools for turning life challenges into opportunities for wisdom and compassion. Sundays once a month from 2:15 - 3:45 pm. Click here for details. For more information, please contact Erin Hawkins, LCSW at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Prison Outreach

The Life Connections Program at the Federal Correctional Complex near Petersburg provides an opportunity for inmates to explore faith in a structured program. Volunteer mentors from different religious traditions meet with inmates on Monday evenings. Inmates interested in Buddhist meditation attend a Zen meditation group that meets once a month led by a Buddhist volunteer mentor. Anyone interested in being a mentor at the FCC may contact the Chaplain, FCC Petersburg at 804-733-7881.

Hospice Care

The practices of loving-kindness and compassion are an important part of the Buddhist spiritual path. The cultivation of these qualities, or “heavenly abodes,” leads one away from the way of stress and suffering. An excellent opportunity for cultivating loving-kindness and compassion is through becoming a hospice volunteer. Hospice volunteers work directly with terminally ill patients and their families, providing companionship in the form of conversation, reading, gentle touch, music, and other activities, as well as caregiver respite for errands, appointments, or just some much needed time away from their caregiving duties. If you’d like more information about becoming a hospice volunteer, please contact Andy Wichorek, Medi Hospice Volunteer Coordinator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or 804-282-4301. Or if you live outside of the Richmond area, please consider contacting your local area hospice about hospice volunteer opportunities near you.

Central Virginia Foodbank

Ekoji Buddhist Sangha participates in an ongoing collection of non-perishable food for the Central Virginia Foodbank. Canned goods and other packaged non-perishable food items, except for those in glass containers, are welcome. A large plastic collection box is kept in the kitchen. Once a month the donated items are taken to the Foodbank.