I am repeating this post I made earlier not just because I want to underscore its importance but also because it changes the snailmail address to which donations can be made and adds an Internet PayPal option for those who prefer to donate online.
I don't generally ask others to give to causes I think of as worthy,
but I am willing to break with tradition on behalf of the Buddhist monk,
Weera "Tony" Chulsuwan, a 66-year-old from Spencer, Oklahoma, who
stepped out of his front door a week ago Friday and was beaten, literally, within an inch of his life by two boys, 14 and 15 -- kids whom Chulsuwan had known until that moment as neighbors.
teenagers had come to rob Chulsuwan, a man who makes $350 a month and
spends his time and energy taking care of animals that others can't or
won't take care of themselves. The Oklahoma press rounded up an almost
universal opinion that "Tony the Monk" was a good guy -- a guy who would
give you the shirt off his back unasked.
beat him with a steel pipe and a logging chain (apparently taunting him
as they did so), stole various items from the house and then fled.
Chulsuwan lay on the porch for 24 hours before he gained enough
consciousness and energy to crawl to the telephone and call 911.
will leave the sputtering adjectives that course through my mind for
others to apply. All I hope is that each of us will take a few minutes,
forgo a couple of containers of bottled water, empty a casually- filled
penny jar, buy a stamp and address an envelope to:
Mr. Weera "Tony" Chulsuwan
c/o The Engaged Zen Foundation
P.O. Box 213
Sedgwick, Maine 04676
A PayPal donation site is also up and running.
My sense is that this guy was living on a shoestring even before the incident and now he has medical bills into the bargain.