I’ve been with Shantideva since Summer of 2014 and volunteering for the last year or so. I volunteer because it is through the effort of volunteers that Shantideva is such a successful center. Volunteering also provides me with an extra opportunity to chat with folks in the group. Many times chatting informally with folks gives me new insights into the ideas that are presented by our teachers.
My volunteer task is helping set-up events – putting out tables and chairs, and so forth – typically on Fridays for weekend retreats at Tibet House. As an architect and urban planner, I spend a good chunk of my time thinking about how space is used. How it is divided up, set-up, and intended to be used by people. Setting up the chairs at the gallery on a Friday evening is like a micro-scale urban planning experiment for me.
Volunteering at Shantideva Meditation Center