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Lions Roar : July 2006
SHAMBHALA SUN JULY 2006 42 TONY PATCHELL. Like a lot of folks who have gone into Buddhism, somewhere early on I felt some compulsion to do something, to get out of my personal nest. As I got older and moved around and out of my parochial, provincial upbring- ing, I thought, “Wow, there’s not just me; there’s the whole world.” • I was a psychiatric intern at a nice, private practice in a nice, upscale suburb. I would drive home to my apartment across the street from the Zen Center in San Francisco and quite literally have to climb over the crack whores sleeping on my doorstep. Eventually every one of them became my clients. People were dying of AIDS right and left, and I just couldn’t stand it. I looked around until I found a job that turned out to be the perfect job that would allow me to fulfill my bodhisat- tva vow. • I had various titles—case manager, therapist, psy- chiatric social worker—but I just did everything that seemed to be needed. You could manage to be helpful if you didn’t get overwhelmed by the tidal wave of need and suffering, if you could pick out one thing at a time to deal with—medication, clean clothes, cleaning a wound, walking someone from a shelter to a clinic, going back over and over again under some freeway or in back of some dumpster and trying to talk some terrified person into coming in for help. • I and my team, bodhisattvas all, would just sort of thrash through this chaos to get people to a place where they could finally stand in their own space and have some sort of dignity, to be a human being instead of just a piece of garbage on the street. • After twelve years, and because of my age, it became time to move on. So now my wife and I operate a little zendo in our community. From time to time I still give talks about working with the homeless. I used to be extremely judgmental and opinionated, but I’m not anymore. I don’t know what distress might be causing someone to do what they do. Furthermore, I don’t take it personally. I’ve learned that. DAVID FORBES. I came to meditation and mindfulness kind of late in life and it changed my life. I became aware of my own patterns and feelings, and it opened up a lot of things for me. I wish someone could have done that for me much earlier, when I was an adolescent. I’d always been a social activist and also interested in counseling and therapy. But I had mistakenly thought that Buddhism was kind of flaky and not involved with the world. • Once I got hooked on Buddhism and started reading people like Thich Nhat Hanh, who was able to put it all together, I wanted to share it and spread it. Since I was in a school of education, doing counselor education, and working with teachers as well as counselors, I wanted to bring mindful- ness to adolescents in urban public schools. • Urban kids are under a lot of stress and bombarded by popular culture, which is filled with distractions and messages that are the opposite of mindfulness. The work that I am doing in schools is definitely a pilot project. There needs to be a research component, so that the whole thing can be taken seriously and not dismissed as religious instruction or brainwashing. • I’ve worked with some girls in the Brooklyn College Academy, an alternative high school, doing counseling and meditation with them, because the assistant principal had identified them as having serious prob- lems with anger. I’m also doing an after-school program similar to that. I’m starting a project at a specialty school called the Bushwick School for Social Justice. This is a good opportunity to bring mindfulness into a place that has a vision of social justice, so that students don’t simply get caught up in an us-versus-them mentality. I also worked with a basketball team. At first, they wanted simply to get into the zone, but many of them also start- ed to have the courage to try and sit with their own boredom or anxiety. • I teach mindfulness to my counseling students, and a colleague of mine and I have set up a network of faculty who are interested in developing contemplative approaches for the class- room. Some or our work has been written up in the Chronicle of Higher Education. It’s starting to get some attention. SHELDONBACHUSEMILYÖST