Spiritual Activism


Interviewed by Safoura Nourbakhsh

Adam Bucko is the cofounder of The Reciprocity Foundation, an award winning nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of New York City’s homeless youth. He is also the coauthor of Occupy Spirituality: A Radical Vision for a New Generation (2013) and The New Monasticism: An Interspiritual Manifesto for Contemplative Living (2015). In the following interview Adam shares his fascinating spiritual activist journey which spans across many continents, chronicling the awakening and training of a compassionate heart in search of ways to serve others and to heal human suffering. He grew up in Poland during the totalitarian regime 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 U.S. 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 U.S., he worked on the streets of various American cities with young people struggling against homelessness and prostitution. What distinguishes Adam Bucko’s approach in helping the homeless youth is his belief in the possibility of opening “that space of heart” in every individual he encounters. To him working with the homeless is simply another way of experiencing and sharing the sacred with others. READ MORE

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