You might know that I am part of the Interdependence Project (IDP), a non-profit organization based in Manhattan blending meditation, art, and activism. On November 7, I will meditate for 4 hours as part of a 24-hour meditation marathon organized to support IDP’s annual fundraising.
Donations collected for the 24-hour marathon will be used to fund classes on Buddhist meditation and philosophy, to take actions on social issues, and to sponsor art projects. The IDP practices integral activism, an approach to progressive social transformation that connects personal experience with political work and our efforts to transform society.
Why am I asking you to give money to the Interdependence Project?
Because I care deeply about the IDP and I want this organization to thrive. I also want you to learn about IDP’s unique approach to personal and social activism. The IDP project survives Manhattan’s high rents (we are on the Bowery in the LES) and program expenses through donations and low-fee classes. Among the many IDP programs: college tutoring for people getting out of prison, a project to eliminate plastic bags from New York through a combination of public events, awareness raising, and legislative action; art workshops.
All this, combined with the informal, non-cultish, and smart community, makes the ID project one the best place to be mindful in NYC. Your donations will help a great cause and will be tax deductible.
How can you help?
I will be sitting for 4 hours during a 24 relay meditation event, and I’m asking to sponsor my effort with an hourly donation to our non-stop, group meditation marathon. For example, a $2/hour donation offers the IDP $48, but you can donate as much or little as you want.
I will be sitting between 11AM and 3PM on November 7th, in a window at the ABC Carpet and Home at the corner between Broadway and 19th street. Pass by to take a picture and make faces as I try to sit still. As you may expect, I will be sitting there no matter what. But 4 hours of meditation are hard stuff, and your donation will keep me motivated and warm and fuzzy.
To donate, please visit this page, select, your amount, and add my name in the “Name of sitter” field.