The women’s shelter program is an expansion of Night Outreach’s efforts to interact with the local homeless community. For the past ten years, members and any other Stanford affiliates have participated in weekly Night Outreach walks. The group goes to downtown Palo Alto to engage with the homeless community, “with the belief that compassion and conversation are just as important as food and shelter,” according to the Night Outreach mission.
Buddhism is one of the most practiced religions in the world. It is not merely a series of meditative exercises but a complex philosophy entrenched in the cultural traditions of East Asian peoples. The University, through the Ho Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford (HCBSS), is dedicating time and resources to an area of study, which in the past, has not been emphasized academically on campus.