"Onegaishimasu, the choice of healing or wounding, is there every day. If we choose one, we can't complain if someone else chooses the other. This seems to be, the life of samsara, living in the world.
"Hi Victoria -- I'm curious about your comment -- are you willing to say more about your own experience? I have had several major surgeries. All of them have left scars. The scars do not go away. And, the wound is healed. My experiences of…"
"I work with an inmate who murdered an old man during the Christmas season while in a psychotic state. I'm sure his community feels the same way as many of the folks in OKC who commented on Nichols' case. I often wonder what I would say if…"
Tell us about yourself & your interest in prison dharma: (answer required) .
Mark strives for uniqueness in each line he pens. Through his writing, he deals with sensitive issues with directness and understanding. From light hearted to serious, his poetry leads readers on a journey through an artist's mind. Along with his artistry, he is a brilliant organizer and dedicated friend. His words will take you into a strong heart and a deliberate mind. -stated by John W. Reagor, Jr.
Mark is an artist utilizing his talents through poetry, graphic arts, and photography. He has been published numerous times and has received various awards for his art. He spends his time in Oklahoma City working with others to improve and grow the artists community within Oklahoma. He serves on several art boards and volunteers his time teaching meditation and producing artists workshops.
Mark also is the owner of M-Squared Productions in Oklahoma City, OK. M-Squared Productions is an arts management firm. We specialize in helping artists realize their dreams through personal management, publicity, photography and marketing.
I also publish a semi-quarterly journal called Dharma Seeds with an emphasis on meditation tools/self help guides. I also teach meditation through the Mahayana tradition and Centering Prayer.
hey mark, did you see i started a group for california volunteers? i think starting one for OK/TX might be a good idea...these things will build over time.....you want me to set one up??
check out how i did the california one and i can do the same...the reason i might suggest lumping you in with TX is that i think regional first might garner more response.
Thanks for the friend invite, Mark! I am excited to be a part of this sangha... and getting some great information and advice from it. I'm currently teaching a small group of male incarcerated juveniles locally in Orlando and am hoping to begin teaching yoga/meditation in the prison system. I have a dear friend who's in prison now (his name is Mark, too!) and having the darndest time reaching him soulfully.
Were you introducted to the Dharma while in prison? I'm glad that you found it, either way. I look forward to talking with you more about your time inside as well as any insights you can lend on how I could make my time as a yoga/meditation teacher inside be most helpful! Have a beautiful day!
I am an advocate for offenders with mental illness here in Sacramento, California.
I have had quite an education, thanks to my son who has been dumped for nine years between the county and the state until finally he was treated for his dual diagnosis on the EOP program in prison this last year. He finally has the insight he so needed.
He was released in June and is accessing treatment in the community only after I left the abusive county we had been living in.
Tell all about yourself, I am a painter too.
I live in Harrisburg, Pa now, but I was in NYC on Monday. Still the same stuff: Chinatown was a madhouse from the Holland tunnel all the way to the Manhattan Bridge. Mangoes are six for a dollar; you can get A chessecake from Juniors on Flatbush Extension; and ate real Pizza from a man with an authentic Napoli accent. I haven't seen so many Senegalese, Hatians, Hasidic--Satmar and Lubavitch--Jews (miss the gefilte fish, and the lox), real Soca coming from booming moving speaker trucks, and the Brooklyn swagger, in a long, long time.
New York has as many cops as the population of Harrisburg, no, Camp Hill, Pa, where I work.
I am a son of SOHO, DUMBO, ENY, and BedStuy!
New York, good ole, N.Y.! Delete Comment