Service is practice, and practice is service.
A Bodhisattva is one who has taken the vow to become awakened for the sake of all beings–to live and be lived for the benefit of others. In this video excerpt Kai Ji Jeffrey Schneider shares reflections and stories on the Bodhisattva vow and how we express it in our daily lives.
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The Outreach programs that Jeffrey runs at San Francisco Zen Center provide a host of support services for the underserved, including cooking and distributing meals to formerly homeless people; providing dharma books, pen pals and meditation classes for prison and jail inmates; activities with families in transitional housing; and bringing meditation and stress reduction classes to people in rehabilitation facilities, senior housing and jail. Jeffrey also provides memorial services for those who have died in residence hotels.