People in prison and volunteers who work in prisons reflect on how to apply the Dharma in prison settings and beyond.
Prison Outreach Program
It all began with one man in prison writing a letter to Venerable Thubten Chodron. Today, Sravasti Abbey sends a quarterly newsletter, Dharma books, DVDs of teachings, and prayer beads to thousands of people in prison.
Here, you’ll find reflections by Venerable Thubten Chodron, other prison volunteers, and people in prison themselves on what it’s like to practice the Dharma in prison.
You can support our prison outreach program by making a donation to Sravasti Abbey here. Be sure to indicate “Prison Dharma Program” in the comments box. Your contribution helps to produce Dharma materials and supports the postage to send them.
For a listing of films related to Buddhism in correctional facilities see Vipassana Meditation for Correctional Facilities.
By Incarcerated People
Reflections, essays, and poems by people in prison about their Dharma practice.VIEW CATEGORY
By Prison Volunteers
Volunteers reflect on what they have learned from sharing the Dharma with people in prison.VIEW CATEGORY
Unlocking Your Potential
Co-written with Calvin Malone, a civil detainee at the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island, WA. This book is suitable for inmates or anyone seeking wisdom and transformation. Free hard copies are available for incarcerated persons.
Gavin Discovers the Secret to Happiness
A book enjoyable and beneficial for all ages, Gavin Discovers the Secret to Happiness has much to teach us about true happiness and creating deeper meaning and satisfaction in our lives.
All Posts in Prison Dharma
Gratitude for the Dharma
A. L. reflects on how prison has afforded her time to reflect on her spiritual…View Post
Gathas for daily life
An incarcerated person is inspired by the writing of Thich Nhat Hanh.View Post
Dealing with difficult changes
A woman in prison uses a mind training prompt to deal with a difficult situation.View Post
My time in prison
A Sravasti Abbey volunteer confronts his preconceptions on what prison life is like.View Post
I am a Buddhist
D. S. reflects on how his studies in Buddhism have influenced his life as an…View Post
Bringing Avalokiteshvara into the circle
An incarcerated person uses his Dharma practice to quietly support the victims of crimes.View Post
Healing past relationships
An incarcerated person finds new ways to support his Dharma practice.View Post
Time, inspiration, and gratitude
Calvin is free after 27 years of incarceration. He reflects on how he met Buddhism…View Post
Today's prisons provide few chances for rehabilitation, instead using incarcerated people for cheap labor. One…View Post