Okay. I will leave my question(s) as short and sweet as possible for the sake of drawing in as wide a range of assistance and advice as possible: What -in your experience- are the most important…Continue
"I've been working for about a year and a half with a small Buddhist sangha in a maximum security institution in Southwestern Ohio; 1-3 of us go out once a week; we typically have a Dharma discussion, frequently based on a book that we're…"
"Just a few thoughts:
You may want to start by offering meditation to the prison/jail. I began by offering meditation as a way to relieve tension and slowly developed the sangha from there. I have found that a six week intro course works well…"
The answer to the first two questions is the same.... start with the Chaplains Office and find out who the Chaplain is for Buddhism at that facility (if one exists)....
Realize that they have very few practicing Buddhists in prison so…"
"I am in Sydney, Australia and do not have a person here who is with PDN, and so it looks like it will be me. I am interested to hear from people who have begun a PDN group and is functional at this point. I would really love to help out here in…"
"I hope you guys can help each other too! I would also contact the volunteer coordinator (if there is one), and/or chaplain. I think getting the COs, guards, and staff to take the course is such a great idea- I wish you the best of…"
"Hi Dave, we are starting out our project-trying to bring MBSR to a local prsion-by having those interested in this take the course and then we will get together and decide what next. I felt it was important to have them experience what is done in…"
Thank you for your thoughful replies.
Samara has since sent me an application to become a Prison Dharma Mentor which I happily filled out and submitted - - the volunteer manual sounds like it will answer many of my questions…"
"Thanks, Chris! Also, a bit more about what prison dharma is for us, taken from our mission statement (taken from our main website):
Prison Dharma Network (PDN), is an international, nonsectarian, contemplative support network for…"
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