Intergenerational Dialogue

Youth Rising for Peace 2012
Broadcast on February 12, 2012
With Matthew Fox & Adam Bucko

Adam Bucko

Adam Bucko - activist, spiritual director to many of New York's homeless youth, co-founder of the Reciprocity Foundation, and a founder of HAB (an ecumenical "new monastic" fellowship for young people)

Adam Bucko is an activist, karma yogi, spiritual director to many of New York's homeless youth and an advocate for a contemplative approach to social change. He grew up in Poland behind the Iron Curtain and spent his early years exploring the anarchist youth movement as a force for social and political change. At the age of 17, Adam immigrated to America where his desire to find his path towards a meaningful life led him to monasteries in the US and India. His life-defining experience took place in India, where on his way to a Himalayan hermitage he met a homeless child who lived on the streets of Delhi. This brief encounter led him to the “Ashram of the Poor” where he began his work with homeless youth. After returning to the US, he worked on the streets of various American cities with young people struggling against homelessness and prostitution. In 2004, Adam co-founded the Reciprocity Foundation, an award winning nonprofit that empowers homeless and at-risk youth to break the cycle of poverty. The Foundation offers programs that combine contemplative, therapeutic, and creative tools for personal transformation with business skills. Many of the graduates of the foundation have become Emmy nominated media professionals, designers, entrepreneurs and respected community leaders. In addition to his work with Reciprocity, he is a member of an intergenerational steering committee of The Contemplative Alliance, an organization that brings together contemplatives and spiritual activists across traditions to address social problems and world issues. Inspired by the spiritual legacy of Fr. Bede Griffiths, Adam recently founded HAB, an ecumenical "new monastic" fellowship for young people which offers formation in radical spirituality and sacred activism. The goals of this fellowship are to provide spiritual direction and contemplative mentoring, connect young people with elders and mentors, and build a movement of small communities of young people who dedicate their lives to a contemplative life and to inspired, transformative action in the world. Adam regularly collaborates with organizations and spiritual leaders from varying traditions on bringing contemplative approaches to social activism. Adam’s work has been featured by ABC News, CBS, NBC, The New York Times, New York Daily News, Ode Magazine, Yoga+ Magazine, and Sojourner Magazine. He is a 2007 Echoing Green Fellow as well as the recipient of The Fred Foundation and Global Youth Action Network Rediscover Your Heart Award for direct and inspirational action for personal and global change, and the Diane Dunn and Chorister Lund in Recognition for pioneering interspiritual work at the "frontiers of the paradigm". http://www.reciprocityfoundation.org http://www.adambucko.com

Occupy Generation and Today's Quest for Peace: The Need for Contemplation in Action

Broadcast on June 29, 2012
With Matthew Fox & Adam Bucko

Adam Bucko

Adam Bucko - activist, spiritual director to many of New York's homeless youth, co-founder of the Reciprocity Foundation, and a founder of HAB (an ecumenical "new monastic" fellowship for young people)

Adam Bucko is an activist, karma yogi, spiritual director to many of New York's homeless youth and an advocate for a contemplative approach to social change. He grew up in Poland behind the Iron Curtain and spent his early years exploring the anarchist youth movement as a force for social and political change. At the age of 17, Adam immigrated to America where his desire to find his path towards a meaningful life led him to monasteries in the US and India. His life-defining experience took place in India, where on his way to a Himalayan hermitage he met a homeless child who lived on the streets of Delhi. This brief encounter led him to the “Ashram of the Poor” where he began his work with homeless youth. After returning to the US, he worked on the streets of various American cities with young people struggling against homelessness and prostitution. In 2004, Adam co-founded the Reciprocity Foundation, an award winning nonprofit that empowers homeless and at-risk youth to break the cycle of poverty. The Foundation offers programs that combine contemplative, therapeutic, and creative tools for personal transformation with business skills. Many of the graduates of the foundation have become Emmy nominated media professionals, designers, entrepreneurs and respected community leaders. In addition to his work with Reciprocity, he is a member of an intergenerational steering committee of The Contemplative Alliance, an organization that brings together contemplatives and spiritual activists across traditions to address social problems and world issues. Inspired by the spiritual legacy of Fr. Bede Griffiths, Adam recently founded HAB, an ecumenical "new monastic" fellowship for young people which offers formation in radical spirituality and sacred activism. The goals of this fellowship are to provide spiritual direction and contemplative mentoring, connect young people with elders and mentors, and build a movement of small communities of young people who dedicate their lives to a contemplative life and to inspired, transformative action in the world. Adam regularly collaborates with organizations and spiritual leaders from varying traditions on bringing contemplative approaches to social activism. Adam’s work has been featured by ABC News, CBS, NBC, The New York Times, New York Daily News, Ode Magazine, Yoga+ Magazine, and Sojourner Magazine. He is a 2007 Echoing Green Fellow as well as the recipient of The Fred Foundation and Global Youth Action Network Rediscover Your Heart Award for direct and inspirational action for personal and global change, and the Diane Dunn and Chorister Lund in Recognition for pioneering interspiritual work at the "frontiers of the paradigm". http://www.reciprocityfoundation.org http://www.adambucko.com