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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By Incarcerated People

Learning to find inner peace

A person in prison shares his thoughts on keeping up hope in a difficult environment.

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Prison Dharma

Working with Buddhists behind bars

Overcoming fear and the judgmental mind to reach sentient beings in prison.

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On Addiction

Who’s poisoning me?

A person in prison speaks about his addictions and a brush with death.

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Prison Dharma

The Dalai Lama on prison life

His Holiness talks about how to generate compassion for incarcerated people and the need for…

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A signboard with the words: Happiness in not a destination. It is a way of life.
On Attachment

Searching for happiness

Thoughts on fleeting nature of objects of attachment such as reputation, possessions, and emotions.

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By Incarcerated People

Facing fear and stress in prison

An incarcerated person discusses his experience in dealing with fear and violence in prison.

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Sign in the forest that says love
On Self-Worth

Deserving love

Reasons why people do not feel worthy of love. Having compassion and love for oneself…

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Shaggy dog looking into the distance with fall trees in background
On Self-Worth

Getting back on track

Some ups and downs in Dharma practice, and a bit of "muscle ache" after getting…

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Prison Dharma

Prison Dharma

Reflections on visiting incarcerated people to share the Dharma in prisons throughout the United States

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Venerable Chodron in conversation with Dr. Steven Vannoy.
By Prison Volunteers

Teaching meditation in the prison system

Steven Vannoy taught Buddhism and meditation to incarcerated people. He got a psychology degree to…

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