Hello Kate and everyone. I guess I am very late at introducing myself to the prison Dharma network since by looking at my profile it seems that I joined up nearly three and one half years ago. I previously taught Yoga - Buddhism - Meditation classes in a provincial prison in Cambodia. I would like to do such a thing again in the future and perhaps I will, either in Cambodia or elsewhere....I am currently in Brooklyn, New York in order to help and assist my elderly mother with some things and straighten out some family issues and problems to the best of my ability.....These days I have more time then in the past to look over the writings, work and topics put forth on Prison Dharma Network. My work in the past and the present has been financed by my students and myself, as it will be in the future, so I have been unable to make any kind of donation to prison Dharma network over the last three years and will not be able to do such a thing in the near future.....I sense some concern among individuals who are contributing to the welfare of prisoners as to how that work is interpreted or what the short and long - term intentions of prisoners or ex-prisoners may be. I can understand such a concern having served time in Texas in the early 70's. Hopefully by continuing to assist prisoners and ex-prisoners in understanding the Dharma, their intentions will be more in line with what the Dharma teaches us and we will see this in their thoughts, words and actions. Having lived and worked in the USA, Thailand and Cambodia for long periods of time in each place, I have seen and met, as perhaps you have, people who have ignorant and harmful intentions to others who have never been arrested or convicted of a crime.....God bless you all for your sincere and compassionate service to other human beings...........
Hi, my name is Michelle. I am a dedicated Vajrayana practitioner and a trained Mediator/Facilitator. It has been my aspiration for many years to teach conflict resolution skills and meditation in prisons and to children. I am very grateful for the Prison Dharma Network and the work that's being done through it. I hope to soon be contributing in some small way the benefit of any knowledge or experience I have acquired.
Is there an Alternatives to VIolence (AVP) program near you? In addition to teaching meditation and Buddhist dhamma to prisons via mail and in a prison near us, I'm involved with a group of Quakers who act as "outside facilitators" to an AVP program. It's a great program, because it puts prisoners (inside facilitators) in charge along with the Quakers. I'm going to be going for a weekend in March, and I'm excited (Quakers, at least the liberal Quaker Meeting of which I am a member, don't proselytize. AVP was start by Quakers, but the focus is on teaching non-violent conflict resolutions skills, period).
By the way, you already contributed that picture from Egypt, so you've already contributed ;)
Thank you, Chris. I have encountered this group, yes. They are doing fantastic work. I talked to a few people who went through the training with them.