Thanks to everyone to responding. What a difference it makes to have the wisdom of others. I want to keep the primary purpose of my correspondence with him clear and supportive and not jeopardize it. I am…"
My thoughts, though I do not pen pal through any particular organization is this:
With respect to not wanting to mix up boundaries, boundaries that are in place in part to make sure a pen pal is not taken advantage of, I…"
"Hi there Betsey
I can see that your in a bit of a bind, but I do wonder if the person your dealing with may want you to do this for them due to a number of reasons:
1. They are emotionally involved with the issue and therefore it might be better and…"
I agree with my brother Doug's thoughts here. It seems to me that our role as pen-pals is pretty limited. We're really not prisoner advocates - there are other people with better training to do that sort of thing. I understand…"
"Doug, Thanks for your thoughts. I actually did wonder this morning during sitting where "See the inner beauty and nobility of all beings" fits into my process and realized that setting boundaries skillfully does not mean…"
Tell us about yourself & your interest in prison dharma: (answer required) .
I am retired special educator living in Vermont. Have been on several retreats and am hoping to do more now that I am retired. Am deeply distressed about the situation in the country - the prison system being one area of particular concern. Have worked in a drug and alcohol treatment program for women and their children anda local AIDS project.
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