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'Love this article; it's not specifically "buddhist", but simply wise.

I’ve moved to the other side of the street to avoid it. I’ve lowered my eyes so that I didn’t have to acknowledge it. I’ve brushed it off with excuses to make me feel a little less guilty.

When I’m being honest, panhandling makes me uncomfortable.

As a woman, I’m generally uncomfortable around anyone demanding my attention on the street. But besides those who are catcalling, there’s a certain population I’ve ignored because I’ve often felt helpless or unsure of what to do — until now.

Panhandling is when people ask for money in public spaces. Most panhandlers (although not all) are experiencing homelessness. In many cities, panhandling is considered free speech and is protected by the first amendment. Many of us encounter those who are panhandling on a daily basis.

We know they deserve compassion, but we may not know how best to give it. How should we respond to people panhandling or experiencing homelessness?

3 Ways to Responsibly and Compassionately Respond to Panhandling — Everyday Feminism

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