Buddhist meditation in prison

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    Meditation helps inmates reach 'natural awareness' - Houston Chronicle

    Not sure if this is the same group or teacher,
    but my friend Ray Hill, a nationally known activist in Texas prison reform and outreach for 30 years, also reported that adding Eastern meditation to the AA program in prison
    increased the membership 10 times.

    There was a documentary made about Buddhist nonviolence outreach in prisons, where a program was started, then abolished when other religious groups protested. But the inmates themselves continued the program on their own, based on what they had been taught. I will try to find that title and post it later.

    REVISED: here's the link to Dhamma Brothers prison program in Alabama:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dhamma_Brothers

    My other favorite prison outreach programs are
    * Alternatives to Violence Project started by Quaker volunteers
    * Justice Fellowship that also supports people leaving prison to find meaningful jobs and volunteer opportunities in the community
    * No More Victims Inc which focuses on helping children of incarcerated parents not to repeat the cycle of addiction to abuse and crime
     
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    I am sure it is a pass time and nothing more.
     
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    Hi Syrenn:

    No matter what faith you have or don't have,
    you could spend the rest of your life using meditation techniques
    to "examine your life" inside and out,
    and find ways to improve and make yourself better, make
    more of your resources and relationships in life.

    So this pastime can come in handy for the rest of your life
    and you would never run out of new insights to discover.

    http://www.houstonprogressive.org/9prayers.html
     
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    I write to several prisoners to offer them meditation instructions. They are sincere.
     
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    I did not say meditation techniques were not a good thing. I DO think all it is in prison is a pass time.

    If it can get out of a cell for X about of time, to participate in some session... i am sure they will be happy to play along.

    prison is about survival.

     
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    Prison is not just about survival. It's also about self-reflection.
     
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    I should go to prison more often.
     
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    Or you could just read some books by my friend, Jarvis Masters. He's in San Quentin on death row.
     
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    I don't want to die in prison. Just visit.
     
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