We received a beautiful email and would like to share it below:
To all of the people who have worked to build and sustain the Dharma Bum Temple Sangha,
Hello, my name is _______. I’m not sure if we’ve ever met or if you’d remember me if we had. I’d like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you’ve done for me.
There was a time in my life when the only time I left my home was to go to an Introduction to Buddhism class. I was so sad and shut down that I didn’t feel like there was any hope in the world. Every weekend I would drag myself out of bed to sit, and listen. It helped.
Years have passed since then. The organization you are a part of was a beacon of light that showed me the way out of the hell I was in. No one carried me, I had to walk out on my own, but without your guidance I would not have the life I have today.
I woke up this morning and cleaned off my little shrine. It occurred to me that I never thanked anyone for saving my life. So instead of meditating today, I wrote this letter to you. Today I feel like a human. Now I bring light to the people in my life. Thank you for everything you’ve done for me, and all of the people like me that come into that temple looking for hope in their lives.