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.
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.
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.