THE ENGAGED ZEN FOUNDATION
Weera "Tony" Chulsuwan Appeal
This is a very personal special appeal on behalf of the Thai Buddhist monk, Weera "Tony" Chulsuwan, a 66-year-old from Spencer, Oklahoma, who stepped out of his front door on Friday August 30th and was beaten, literally, within an inch of his life by two boys, 14 and 15 one of the kids whom Chulsuwan had known until that moment as a neighbor.
The teenagers had come to rob Chulsuwan, a man who lives on $350 a month and spends his time and energy taking care of animals that others can't or won't take care of themselves. The Oklahoma press rounded up a universal opinion that "Tony the Monk" was a good guy a guy who would give you the shirt off his back unasked.
The teenagers beat him with a steel pipe and a logging chain (apparently taunting him as they did so), ransacked and trashed Tony’s small house, stole various items and then fled. Chulsuwan lay on the porch drifting in and out of consciousness for 24 hours before he gained enough energy to crawl into the house. Tony had a long disconnected cell phone that he charged from a small solar panel. (Tony has no electricity, water well, or landline phone and collects his water from downspouts off his roof.) When the cell was minimally charged he placed an emergency call to 911, which brought police and ambulance.
Tony the monk was struck approximately 15 times with a five foot long steel pipe and beaten with the logging snatch-chain. His head was severely injured including his cheekbone. Tony was held in the hospital for observation of a subdural hematoma. Tony has suffered the loss of several teeth as a result of the attack. On release from the hospital some kind friends nearby took in Tony for a couple of weeks.
All we hope is that each of us will take a few minutes, forgo a couple of containers of bottled water, empty a casually-filled penny jar, buy a stamp and address an envelope to:
Ven. Weera "Tony" Chulsuwan
c/o The Engaged Zen Foundation
Post Office Box 213
Sedgwick, Maine 04676
Alternately, you may make a donation for Tony using the below PayPal button.
Our sense is that our brother "Tony" was living on a shoestring even before the incident and now he has medical bills into the bargain.