If you see the Buddha on 11th Avenue…

Via Chip Johnson of SF Gate comes an especially sweet little story out of Oakland, California: Dan Stevenson is neither a Buddhist nor a follower of any organized religion… The 11th Avenue resident in Oakland’s Eastlake neighborhood was simply feeling hopeful in 2009 when he went to an Ace hardware store, purchased a 2-foot-high stone Buddha…

Lion’s Roar Staff16 September 2014
buddha statue 11th avenue oakland
Photo from Oakland Local.

Via Chip Johnson of SF Gate comes an especially sweet little story out of Oakland, California:

Dan Stevenson is neither a Buddhist nor a follower of any organized religion… The 11th Avenue resident in Oakland’s Eastlake neighborhood was simply feeling hopeful in 2009 when he went to an Ace hardware store, purchased a 2-foot-high stone Buddha and installed it on a median strip in a residential area at 11th Avenue and 19th Street.

He hoped that just maybe his small gesture would bring tranquillity to a neighborhood marred by crime: dumping, graffiti, drug dealing, prostitution, robberies, aggravated assault and burglaries.

What happened next was nothing short of stunning. Area residents began to leave offerings at the base of the Buddha: flowers, food, candles. A group of Vietnamese women in prayer robes began to gather at the statue to pray.

And the neighborhood changed.

Read the rest here.

Lion s Roar Staff

Lion’s Roar Staff

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