Hi -I just got a letter from the man I'm corresponding with and he was moved from Pelican Bay State Prison to a jail in LA. He didn't really know why and where when he sent me the letter.Since it…Continue
Hi - I'm a dharma mentor through PDN to a man at Pelican Bay State Prison. He has been in solitary confinement for many years. He wrote in his last letter that the prison gets more money for keeping…Continue
"OH, dear - I'm sorry if my English makes my commentaries sound to insensitive. I didn't by any means mean that I'm fully awakened and doesn't struggle with my ego and illusions and a sense of self. But practice does make it…"
"For me it sounds strange to interpret the sexual/gender indentities as pointing to some "inner existential reality" in a form of a "self". In my experience it rather points to the fact that the true self is an empty self. That…"
Very interesting and inspiring project! I couldn't help getting my own ideas for Gothenburg, Sweden where I live :) I haven't thought of offer free classes, sittings or invitations for ceremonies to homeless people in the area…"
"Hi Julia - I have that calligraphy by Thich Nhat Hahn in my home as well :) It's a good reminder to look at every day.
So, you are working with at-risk youth - in what way? I myself work at the Swedish schoolsystem with at-risk youth and find…"
With Fleet Maull May 14 - 31 Six Sessions, (three weeks, Monday & Thursday classes) Hope you can join us! Hours for the training are: 7-9pm Eastern 5-7pm Mountain Time 4-6pm Pacific This program is designed to train facilitators to deliver the Prison Dharma Network (PDN) Path of FreedomTM Program in inside prison programs. Since mindfulness-awareness meditation practices are foundational to this program, all facilitators-in-training must have an established mindfulness-awareness…See More
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I practice Zen with Sante Poromaa sensei and Kanja Odland sensei. We belong to Cloud Water Sangha with Rochester Zen Center and Chicago Zen Center in the USA. I've been Sangha leader for Gothenburg Zen Center for 6 years and (lay) ordained in the 3 Jewels Order since April 2011. I have been giving introductions to zazen, dharma talks and supporting people in their practice at Gothenburg Zen Center for 6 years and been thinking about working with the Dharma at prisons for quite some years now. My hope is that we will start a group here for Swedish prisons within a year.
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