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Lions Roar : January 2015
Adam Bucko To Break Is Part of the Path the Girl—twelve or thirteen years old—was skin and bone and had cigarette burns on her face. “Take me to a restaurant,” she pleaded. Adam Bucko had only just arrived in India. He checked into a hotel and then, though it was midnight, he slipped out to explore the touristy area near the New Delhi train station. There—on the streets—was where the girl lived. She took Bucko’s hand, and that human contact changed everything. He’d come to India to stay at a Hindu-Christian monastery. Now all he wanted to do was to help this child and others like her. Born in 1975, Bucko had grown up in Communist Poland, and two of his early role models—both renowned Catholic priests—were killed because they opposed the regime. “Part of me,” he says, “always knew that I wanted to be an ally to those who didn’t have any allies.” One of Bucko’s friends was a former heroin addict who’d become a Christian monk. He’d established a community in the slums of Delhi sheltering a couple of hundred people—street kids and victims of AIDS, TB, and abuse. Bucko moved into this community and began working with the homeless kids who lived around the train station. To gain their trust and really engage with them, Bucko and other volunteers slept one night a week in the streets. Ulti- mately, they helped many children, but not the girl who first took Bucko’s hand. She ended up meeting a European who got her hooked on drugs and used her to make child pornography. Asked how he copes when kids he tries to help fall through the cracks, Bucko says he doesn’t cope: “I break, but that’s part of the path—to show up without any buffers. In the process there’s a certain surrender that happens. I let God in to do the work of healing both in myself and in those with whom I work. I don’t have the resources to solve people’s problems, but I can surren- der to the grace that wants to work through me.” Bucko returned to the U.S. and in 2004 he teamed up with the Buddhist Taz Tagore to cofound the Reciprocity Foundation, a nonprofit with a contemplative approach that offers support to homeless youth in New York City. Unlike many other organiza- tions in the field, Reciprocity is not narrowly focused on finding the easiest employment solution and slotting kids into it. Bucko explains: “Most other programs will say, ‘You need a job, so we can train you to become a security guard.’ But I’ve not met too many young people whose passion is working in security, so I feel we’re destroying something vital in their souls by basically telling them, ‘You can have dreams, but we don’t care about them. In fact, you have to take the job path we’re offering or else we’re going to kick you out on the street.’ “For us, it’s a social justice issue to be able to say to kids that— just like everyone else—they have the right to pursue their dreams. In fact, we want to help them get in touch with what their dream is and then give them tools to translate that dream into making a living and a contribution to the world.” The Reciprocity Foundation has worked with more than a thousand young people, and most are now leading healthy, suc- cessful lives. Radical Compassion We profile four spiritually-inspired activists featured at Naropa University’s 40th anniversary Radical Compassion Symposium. PHOTOBYSYLVESTERZAWADZKI SHAMBHALA SUN jANUAry 2015 52