To make available facilities for the teaching and practice of Buddhism in Her Majesty’s Prisons and other places of lawful detention or custody.
To recruit and advise a team of Buddhist visiting chaplains to be available as soon as there is a call for their services;
To act in an advisory capacity, and to liaise with the Home Office chaplaincy officials, with individual chaplains within Her Majestys Prisons, and with any other relevant bodies or officials;
To provide an aftercare and advisory service for prisoners after release.
Pathway Zen is a lay sangha whose primary purpose is the teaching of Zen. It is affiliated with Sun Mountain Zen and Sanbo-Zen International, a network of Zen centres around the world.
Pathway Zen teaches the Path of Freedom course to prisoners in Brisbane Australia.
Visiting prisoners inside Bangkwang central prison to help them establish a meditation practice and uplift their spirit by integrating purpose and meaning back into their lifes. When we have more volunteers, we\’d like to expand to Khlong Prem prison as well.
Prisons Served: Bangkwang
Buddhist Relief Mission has been involved with Buddhist groups in prisons for several years.
The Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (BDK) (Society for the Promotion of Buddhism) was founded by the Reverend Dr. Yehan Numata in December 1965, one year after the Mitutoyo Manufacturing Company celebrated its 30th anniversary. With the worldwide success of his company, Dr. Numata decided that the time had come to realize his dream of making the Buddhist teachings more widely available. Working with a community of like-minded people, including leaders of each Buddhist sect in Japan and eminent Buddhist scholars, Dr. Numata established the BDK in order to “to transmit the Buddhist religion to as many people in the world as possible, without expounding the doctrines of any particular sect or denomination.” To achieve this goal, the BDK promotes a wide range of activities and projects in the hope of contributing to world peace and mutual understanding among humanity.
Currently there are two other major publication projects handled by the BDK America Berkeley Office. The first is distribution of the popular introductory Buddhist book entitled “The Teaching of Buddha” which has more than 8 million copies in circulation throughout the world, in more than 42 languages. Secondly, BDK has published a Buddhist anthology called Buddha Dharma, which is an expanded version of “The Teaching of Buddha,” and comes with a detailed index and accounting of the Buddhist teaching presented with each story.
Soto Zen Group in Rome, Italy, affiliated to San Francisco Zen Center, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi Lineage
In March 2002 we held our first meditation retreat of three days, and now have ongoing intensive retreats based on our MAIA Programme (Mindfulness Awareness in Action) These retreats are nondenominational, and offer a workable approach to mindful awareness. We have up to 40 inmates participating in this programme at a time. The Goodwood and Robertson Prisons also approached us to extend the MAIA programme to their facilities.
Bon/Buddhist Tradition project.
We are providing inmates a stress-reduction class based on the meditation practice of the Five Warrior Syllables as described in Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche’s book “Tibetan Sound Healing”.
We have active programs in Albemarle Charlottesville Joint Security Complex in Charlottesville, VA., Oklahoma City Federal penitentiary, Warsaw Prison in WArsaw, Poland, and preparations for programs in Germany, Nederlands, France and Finland.
We are providing a secular stress reduction program based on the Bon/Buddhist teachings to include: 9 breathings, resting in the nature of mind, Tsa Lung, and healing with sound through practicing the Five Warrior Syllables.
Naljor Prison Dharma Service offers The Heart of Dharma Collection: ten precious dharma teachings. These accurate, concise teachings are perfect for daily study, contemplative meditation, and inspiration. Practitioners of all lineages will greatly benefit from these essential teachings. This entire collection is available free of charge from our website. We also offer an excellent 29-page Resource Directory for Prisoners. This directory presents an open horizon of possibility and potential for personal support and psychological/spiritual transformation. We encourage individuals and outreach organizations serving those on the inside to freely download and distribute these teachings as well as our resource directory. You are welcome to put your own information at the top of this directory to customize it for your organization. For those on the inside, if you have a chaplain, friend or family member with access to the internet, this directory and the collection of dharma teachings mentioned above can be printed out free of charge from our website.