Path of Freedom Graduate Develops Mindfulness Programs for Youth & Teachers

Newly armed with a doctorate in education, Stephanie Romero, executive director of the new nonprofit Awaken Pittsburgh, is developing curriculum for mindfulness with projects in various sites in the Pittsburgh area. During her studies — with a focus on mindfulness as a teacher —...

Prisoner Art

We recently received a letter from Justin H. in a facility in Fort Stockton, Texas requesting some books on Zen practice. He mentioned that meditation gives him “time to clear out all thought and start fresh every day”. Justin was kind enough to make this awesome bit...

How Prisoners Practice Mindfulness Amidst Chaos

A maximum security prison isn’t the most supportive place to take up mindfulness practice. The places are always noisy with ambient sounds that include talking, yelling, chains rattling, doors banging…even through the night. In addition, prison schedules don’t adapt to th...

How One Judge Is Using Meditation To Bring Healing After A Crime

When Georgetown professor and Magistrate Judge Gretchen Rohr first met Erica Huggins in 1994, she was surprised to find that Huggins, who was formerly incarcerated and later released and acquitted of all charges, was not an angry person despite what she had been through. “She was...

Yoga and Meditation Improve Life Behind Bars and Beyond

The Bureau of Justice Statistics has found that within five years of release, 76 percent of prisoners released in the U.S. reoffend. Breaking this cycle requires radical reforms in rehabilitation methods, and some surprising approaches are showing promising results — downward dog...

Sakyong Mipham & Fleet Visit the Pacific Northwest

Following the threads of the Sakyong’s talk, Maull encouraged us to reach beyond our usual boundaries as part of the dyad practice: “When we rest in our own openness, we create connections with others. Listen to each other with a soft gaze and a grandmother smile. This moment...

The Mindful Judge

Two oaths serve as the foundation for my daily practice: my Judicial Oath of Office and my oath to follow a spiritual path of awakening for the liberation of all beings. I serve as a magistrate judge within the District of Columbia’s trial court. I also practice Buddhism,...

Video Story of our Mindfulness-Based Wellness and Resiliency program with Oregon Department of Corrections

Mindfulness is making a difference in the lives of an unlikely group: prison guards. Officers in Oregon’s Department of Corrections are starting to use the calming tactic, which just requires a person to focus on their breathing and be present in the moment, in prisons. Research...

Documentary Explores Meditation in Mexico Prisons

When Greg Hopkinson walked into one of the most violent prisons in Mexico – a jail where 44 inmates died in a battle between rival drug cartels – the experience was mind-blowing. “It was just unbelievable – the peace, contentment, and stillness in the...

How Can Mindfulness Help Society?

How Can Mindfulness Help Society? A Dialogue with Professor Richard Davidson and Acharya Fleet Maull Most people characterize mindfulness meditation as a solitary practice that provides individual benefits. But mindfulness practice can also be thought of as an action with...
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