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Title: Taking the Dharma to the Prisons
Post by: Ngawang Drolma on April 08, 2010, 12:12:18 am
This is a special organization that works to bring the dharma to people in the prison system.  In the past, I've personally purchased altar cards from them (very beautiful, by the way) in an effort to support their works financially, even if just a little.  They have many downloadable and printable materials which you can have for personal use, to distribute to friends, or to take to people who are incarcerated.  At their website is an explanation of who they are, what they do, and what you can do to help.  Another little personal note from me about this too, is that the greatest of the six paramitas is giving, and the most valuable thing to give is the gift of the dharma  :)

Click here for information about who they are, what they do, and how you can help: (

Here are a couple of testimonials from their website:

Thank your for the Dharma Teaching Altar Cards. I found them to be very inspiring and soothing to the soul. I appreciate the time and effort you put into making these teachings available for inmates to uplift and enlighten our hearts, minds, and souls. J. W. - Custer, SD

I'm doing a 25 to life sentence and I can't find out what to do for my time to be easier...I would like to receive the collection of Altar Cards, "The Heart of Dharma." Thank you.
A. C. - Chowchilla, CA

Thank you for your light in a dark place. -D. R. - Grady, AK
Title: Re: Taking the Dharma to the Prisons
Post by: Q on September 02, 2012, 04:07:59 am
This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing this website.

I remember hearing some stories on how monks actually go to prison to counsel these prisoners. While i was listening to a talk given by Ajahn Brahm, he mentioned about an incident that occurred between him and an inmate whom he was counselling. In that story, he recalls giving advice to the inmate and helped him to get a long with the guards around the area better. It was a touching story really, as the guards didn't like this inmate due to his past crimes, but after learning and practicing the Dharma which really changed this inmate into a whole new person, the guards started to warm up to him and made his life easier in prison ie not scolding/screaming at him etc.
Title: Re: Taking the Dharma to the Prisons
Post by: Lobster on September 04, 2012, 07:59:48 pm
When I worked in a prison, practically all the inmates had a spiritual practice, including Zen, yoga and Christian.

The people most in need of a practice, the guards were part of a macho secularism in the main. Surprisingly they were in the greatest suffering . . .  :pray: (
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