CNN Justice (11-13-2009) did an interesting and enlightening story on the United States aging prison population and the need for increased and more expensive health care.
Americans hold firm to their belief that the only way to deal with crime is to lock people up. It’s been a “successful” strategy as the PEW Trust reported in 2008. America now incarcerates 1 in 100 of its citizens. As expensive, and as dangerous as this policy is, the public still insists that adults and young… Continue
Added by David Chura on November 29, 2009 at 11:18am —
>from Shambhala SunSpace
Prison dharma: Buddhist principles and teachings, put into practice to give comfort and guidance to the incarcerated. What could be a more worthy cause?
Anyone who’s practiced prison dharma will tell you: It works. So we’ve collected some of the best articles from the Shambhala Sun’s archives, from people who know the… Continue
Added by Kate Crisp (PDN Director) on November 24, 2009 at 12:30pm —
is a prison mapping and image bank that (un)earths the presence of prisons in our communities using Google Earth videos and user generated content. Our goal is to provide bloggers, researchers, activists, and interested citizens access to often suppressed images of the U.S. prison industrial… Continue
Added by Kate Crisp (PDN Director) on November 18, 2009 at 5:30pm —
13 Nov 2009 - Sakyong Appoints New Acharya
from Shambhala News Service
We are very pleased to announce that the Sakyong Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche formally appointed Fleet Maull an acharya during his address to the Shambhala Congress in Halifax. Mr Maull received a standing ovation. He received the acharya name Miyowa Rigpa, Unwavering Awareness. Acharya Maull joins thirty active acharyas in spreading the Shambhala Buddhist… Continue
Added by Kate Crisp (PDN Director) on November 13, 2009 at 8:00pm —
There are 109 inmates serving life sentences without parole for non-homicide crimes they committed when they were 18 or younger. Some, put behind bars when they were 13 or 14, have been locked up for twenty or thirty years.
Those 109-- minors then, adults now in their prime, or at least they should be, if they weren't facing a slow, cruel death in jail-- are a part of something that is uniquely American. According to Amnesty International, the United States is the only country that… Continue
Added by David Chura on November 13, 2009 at 4:58pm —
I am collecting Dharma books for prisoners...I did this a couple years ago and was able to donate about 25 books. This time I am hoping to collect 100 books. I have posted this request on facebook and at my yoga studio and through my sangha. I hope anybody who sees this might email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and lets me know that they have books to donate!
Thank you so much,
Added by Tracy Grant on November 13, 2009 at 3:54pm —
Cultivating her faith
By ZEN T.C. ZHENG Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle
Nov. 12, 2009, 4:48PM
Read entire article here
As if a Mediterranean breeze wafted through Wallace Pack Unit's steel-reinforced walls and columns, the aromas of hummus, falafel and fattoush permeated the prison's classroom.
“I've forgotten food… Continue
Added by Kate Crisp (PDN Director) on November 13, 2009 at 1:49pm —
from KC Walpole:
Hope all is well. This month marks the end of the 11th MBSR cycle for Lowell CI. We averaged about 80 or so for each day of the retreat. Our count was down in part because about 20 or so of the female youthful offenders were kept in their dorms because of the H1N1 virus. The Department of Corrections for Florida will be running the numbers for recidivism and it will be interesting to see what… Continue
Added by Kate Crisp (PDN Director) on November 10, 2009 at 12:30pm —
This coming weekend, Satellite’s first teacher training begins. Kourtney and I are busy with the prep work. It’s overwhelming and exciting. The exciting part is that we'll be helping our students to teach yoga modalities to people other than those who go to a studio and pay for yoga training. Oftentimes, one of the first things that I need to teach is the “need”: making people aware of the need for stillness of mind; of the need for self-empowerment
over stress; of the need for proactive… Continue
Added by Nancy Candea on November 10, 2009 at 8:57am —
from the Telegraph UK online
By Martin Beckford, Religious Affairs Correspondent
Published: 6:38PM BST 05 Aug 2009
Although adherents to the Eastern faith believe in peace and the sanctity of life, almost all of the Buddhists behind bars in this country are serving… Continue
Added by Kate Crisp (PDN Director) on November 9, 2009 at 12:32pm —
Greetings from Robertson South Africa! It has been a long time since I last managed to sit to sit down and connect with you. My sincerest apologies. Please know that my lack of communication is by no means as a result of lack of interest in Path of Freedom and Prison Dharma Network Community activities.
October/November is the time of year when Correctional Services/prisons in South Africa are in a state of flux and a fair deal of chaos as they organize family days in preparation for… Continue
Added by Heila Downey on November 9, 2009 at 8:11am —
The Prison Dharma Network Online Auction 2009 is open for bidding November 2-15th!
Click here to browse our catalogue.
Our goal this year is to raise $7,500 to support our work of transforming lives in prisons, jails and juvenile facilities. We need your support! This is an exciting and fun way to help us, and… Continue
Added by Kate Crisp (PDN Director) on November 2, 2009 at 8:00am —