By Kate Olson for PBS, May 10, 2013
Thanks to thousands of engaged citizens…Continue
Today as I approached the Supermax prison, overhead was a crystal clear bold blue sky, a gentle cool breeze enveloped me, and the razor wire glistened in the warm morning sun. I felt settled and good as I entered the prison entrance and was met by my favorite correction officer who greeted me with a smile and…Continue
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Feelings of guilt and hopelessness can put extreme pressure on prisoners. In one German prison, inmates are discovering a new sense of calm with regular meditation that also prepares them for life on the outside.
André S. recently celebrated his 32nd birthday behind bars. A…
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By Jen Mulson for The Gazette, April 30, 2013
I've met several yoga teachers this year who are practicing karma yoga in our local criminal justice system. They are teaching prisoners and…Continue
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This morning at the supermax was a study in contrasts. Upon entering the prison there were two correction officers in uniform holding semi-automatic rifles. They were waiting to start their shift at one of the security towers. They cordially greeted me and I felt their warmth yet feared their…Continue
One day at San Quentin State Prison, I was walking down the paved ramp towards the yard to my destination, the education building. I like walking down this leisurely quiet route verses the stairway, which seems so abrupt and crowded. I admire the greenery on the side of…Continue
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Just wanted to share a story from one of our Path of Freedom participants here in Rhode Island about the recent Boston Marathon bombings. This woman is in her 4th round of Path of Freedom and is serving time for "DUI-- Death Resulting" (a fairly common charge at Women's Minimum). I will do my best to quote her…Continue
Added by Rebecca Foster on April 30, 2013 at 4:55pm — No Comments
I must say thank you to PDN for the inspiration to study and practice while I was in prison, and for the inspiration to continue these past 6 years while free. Here is the link to my project "The Homeless Dharma Network":
Stephen Conover (Sonam Dorje)
Added by Stephen Conover on April 18, 2013 at 6:32pm — No Comments
In 1959, the Chinese invasion of Tibet threw open the doors to the mysterious realm of Tibetan Buddhism and suddenly this rich, ancient tradition was propelled into the modern world. Half a century later, Padmasambhava’s prophecy has come true and the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism are found in every corner…Continue
All my adult life I have wondered why I rarely meet men my own age. Once I left high school, the mystery deepened. The men I met were either older than I or younger. I remember my first day of working for the Post Office in 1986. I was twenty-nine. There was myself and another new hire, a man who remarkably was the same age as myself. I scrutinized his face, his hair, his skin. So this is what it looks like, I thought. How unusual. Over the 13 years I…Continue
Here are some thoughts to start with, from a few years back...
Added by Dan Mage on March 29, 2013 at 10:41pm — No Comments
I've been volunteering in Massachusetts prisons for over two years. I started my voyage into the MA prison system by default. A few years ago I was helping a meditation center organize some of its activity around various ways to reach out to the Boston area community offering meditation and community service as…Continue
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One of my meditation students decided to write an 8 page letter revealing many layers of feelings for his wife of 15 years. He admitted he only ever shared what he thought and not what he "felt". He was extremely nervous about this vulnerable position he placed himself in and wanted very much to not shut down. He was afraid he now handed over all the power to her. I am praying that his courage pays off
I just got back from prison.
nothing I say, I just sat!
that's what it is...a wonderful Sangha of men in a prison near my home...
today, two new members came, these wonderful Sangha seem so…Continue
Added by ko shin Bob Hanson on March 20, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
The following essay is by William Blake, who has been held in solitary confinement for nearly 26 years. Currently he is in administrative segregation at Elmira Correctional Facility, a maximum security facility located in south central New York State. In 1987, Blake, then 23 and in county court on a drug charge, murdered one deputy and wounded another in a failed escape attempt. He was sentenced to 77 years to life. …Continue
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