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I have been a member of the Rochester Zen Center for some 40 years, and have done various volunteer projects for the RZC. I was very moved at a poetry reading of writings by inmates at Auburn Prison, NY. In talking over poetry with a fellow poet who is a Substance Abuse Counselor at the Five Points Prison, Ovid, NY, I was struck by how much these men could benefit from zazen. I told my friend so, and she was delighted to hear that I wanted to bring meditation to prison. I was encouraged to proceed by my teacher, Roshi Bodhin Kjolhede, abbot of the RZC, and given a book, "Letters of the Dhamma Brothers." That sealed my interest in taking up this work!
Currently I have just begun (4 meetings so far) holding weekly Meditation Classes at Attica Prison, NY. It feels what I have always been meant to do. In time, I hope to expand my efforts to include weekly meetings at Five Points, about which my interest was first aroused.
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