Prison Dharma

People in prison and volunteers who work in prisons reflect on how to apply the Dharma in prison settings and beyond.

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Prison Dharma

Heartfelt gifts

People in prison connect with the Triple Gem through offerings of great generosity.

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On Cultivating Wisdom

Our circle of suffering

Analogy of struggles in samsara with the experience of a hunted animal. Unlike the animal,…

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A deer in silhouette.
On Mindfulness

Treasure the present

Correspondence with a person in prison on the benefits of learning how to live in…

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By Incarcerated People

A new place

A person shares his experience after he was moved to a different prison.

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By Incarcerated People

Views on reforming the prison system

Alternatives to the current prison system exist, alternatives that provide rehabilitation and counseling options.

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A green and gold-colored beetle.
On Mindfulness

Beauty and the bugs

Finding beauty, love and happiness in the smallest of living beings.

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By Incarcerated People

Surviving in the system

How to bring personal responsibility to a difficult situation.

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On Love, Compassion, and Bodhicitta

A friend in prison

Meeting something new — a friend and the Dharma.

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Inside of a prison cell.
On Attachment

Prison of desire

Finding inner freedom by seeing our shortcomings and working to change oneself.

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On Love, Compassion, and Bodhicitta

Love, compassion, peace

Common threads of many religious traditions including Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Buddhism.

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The word 'compassion' engraved into silver metal.
On Self-Worth

Having compassion for yourself

Even in a difficult environment, making changes in one's life for the better will benefit…

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