On Love, Compassion, and Bodhicitta

Stories of how cultivating love, compassion, and bodhicitta transform the lives of people in prison.

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Stained glass image of One thousand-armed Chenrezig.
On Love, Compassion, and Bodhicitta

Bringing Avalokiteshvara into the circle

An incarcerated person uses his Dharma practice to quietly support the victims of crimes.

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Silhouette of prison bars with blue sky, sun, and bird flying by.
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Transforming adversity into bodhicitta

The difficulties of the pandemic are a special challenge for those who are incarcerated.

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Closeup of face of man contemplating.
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My prison education

If you can open yourself up to another person’s suffering, you are quickly motivated to…

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Cute little rocks with words: serenity, smile, energy, harmonie, generosity, humour.
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Generosity: The first paramita

The importance of generosity and compassion to our spiritual growth.

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Sneaker with the label 'Bat Shoes' on it.
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The Ronco label maker

Seeing all sentient beings with equanimity and not judging others opens one's heart and mind…

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Invitation to a high school reunion.
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Reunion

An incarcerated person begins to release his own worldly concerns of materialism, reputation, and praise.

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A page from a book about Zen.
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Hermitage

The path to awakening can start anywhere, at any time.

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Close up of Kwan Yin's face
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Kwan Yin

A person in prison reflects on the many forms of the bodhisattva Kwan Yin.

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A man with head bowed in prayer.
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Prison and prayer

How practice sustained an incarcerated person during several weeks in solitary confinement.

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A man with both hands reaching to the sky.
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Why not me?

An incarcerated person reflects on self-centered thought and its antidote, cultivating compassion for all sentient…

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Plastic pink flamingos by a house.
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Pink flamingos

When we reflect on family life with our parents, we need to see with eyes…

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