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I am a Zen student. Several years ago I worked at a home for boys in Virginia, several of whom were referred by courts. The problem of freedom also applies to others whose behavior is affected by mental illness, and who struggle to live "out in the world". This hits close to home with my family--one member is confined and another is "on parole". I have been in a chaplaincy program, and am studying to become a Zen Buddhist priest. I believe the experiences of men and women who have been imprisoned and who find dharma are extremely valuable for all of us. They study the question of spiritual freedom from experience of knowing a lot about being not-free. Shattered delusions. I used to be afraid of prisons, but I have visited San Quentin, as well as the women's and juvenile jails in San Francisco. My old fear was simply that I'd get stuck inside somehow. Not rational. Or a projection of my inner prison. I have been in recovery for 36 years, also, which is another angle on being trapped in behavior that can kill you or get you jailed. Thanks for your work and practice.
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We're glad you found us. This is a wonderful online community, we hope it serves you. I've just returned from a brief visit to San Francisco Zen Center. Lovely place. I am happy you are challenging the walls of your "inner prison".
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