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Teaching meditation in the prison system

Steven Vannoy gave this talk at the Mid-America Buddhist Association in Augusta, Missouri, on March 2, 2002.


  • Meeting Venerable Thubten Chodron in Seattle
  • Early volunteer work with incarcerated people

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Demographics of the American prison system

  • There are six million people under supervision: incarcerated, on probation, or on parole
  • There are two million in prison
  • The US has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, except possibly for China
  • Most of the people there are average people, and are good to work with

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Specifics of working with incarcerated people

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Experience in the county jail

  • A stressful environment for incarcerated people

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The prison guards

  • The training and demographics of the guards

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Graduate work in counseling psychology

  • The search for credentials to support the meditation work
  • A masters thesis on evaluating anger management techniques
  • Measuring anger, empathy, narcissism

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Buddhist techniques

  • Anger management tips derived from the teachings of Venerable Thubten Chodron

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Working with incarcerated people

  • People who self-select for the program are just the sort of people you want to sit and talk with
  • How to talk about love

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Masters thesis

  • Results of the study

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Guest Author: Steve Vannoy