Provides weekly trauma-informed mindfulness classes at York Correctional Institute. Also developing curriculum for working with young men recently released from prison in the New Haven, CT area.
A small group of volunteers who serve as Buddhist Chaplains in the Los Angeles County Jails and the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo.
Started in 2002, our Restorative Justice program promotes healing, and supports skill-building by offering ongoing, weekly NVC trainings in San Quentin State Prison, and in jails in Sonoma, Mendocino, and Santa Cruz counties. We have wanted an active Restorative Justice Program since we first began, and were delighted when San Quentin Prison approached Diana Lion of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship about being part of a new program at San Quentin, the Success Program. Diana contacted us asking if there were trainers available, we in turn asked the members of our first Leadership Program year if they would be willing to provide trainings inside the prison; six people volunteered.
Weekly meditation classes are taught by volunteers at the Suffolk County House of Corrections (the Boston county jail). Drawing from the meditation traditions of Buddhism, mindfulness, yoga, and the martial arts, the program has been successful. Richard Geller has taught since 1996, and Janine Marra since 2010.
California Prison Mindfulness Network (CPMN) is a new initiative that organizes and supports mindfulness-based meditation and yoga groups in California’s prisons and jails. “Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; on purpose, in the present moment and nonjudgmentally (~John Kabat-Zinn).” Mindfulness is taught as a secular tool to help shift practitioners from having a blind reaction to cultivating a skillful response. Our goal is to make it available to people from religious or non-religious persuasions in support of each persons unique spiritual development.
The purpose of this network is to…
Support and make mindfulness-based teachings available to a multi-ethnic, undeserved population.
Provide advocacy and facilitate greater and easier access for volunteers to enter prisons and jails.
Offer training and support around instruction and facilitation of classes.
Facilitate access to prisons and jails by well-known meditation teachers.
Assist in providing easier access to the needed materials (zafus, malas, yoga mats, spiritual literature).
Support your efforts to organize daylong and multi-day retreats in prisons and jails.
Raise funds to support the network.
Organize a state-wide conference and prison mindfulness publication.
Part of Insight-Out.
The Center for Mindfulness & Justice facilitates personal transformation and professional development that fosters mindfulness, compassion, peace and equal access to justice for all. We provide mindfulness instruction, keynote speaking, and organizational consulting and training. We offer the inspiration and skills that create personal and collective change in our interdependent world.
We are a group of 7 women practicing weekly with the Sangha Sisters incarcerated at MCI Framingham. Our Dharma practice includes meditation, its application in daily life, studying Buddhist texts and regular Days of Mindfulness.
Our goal is to empower prisoners with the freedom of inner peace through trainings in Nonviolent Communication (NVC) and mindfulness practice.
Since 1998 the Center has provided instruction in the practice of Zen meditation to inmates in federal, state and county facilities throughout North Central Florida. Currently, twelve prisons and jails participate in the prison outreach program, in which approximately 400 inmates are served annually. Through instruction and study of Zen meditation that emphasizes high personal standards, participants are given the tools to cultivate a strong, life-affirming self-image that looks beyond the stigma of “convict” to view themselves as individuals with much to offer others and the community as a whole.
Our programs can be divided into five areas:
Secular, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) groups and retreats.
Possible residency at the Gateless Gate Zen Center for individuals who have exhibited a strong commitment to the practice and to educational efforts.
The death row ministry, which consists of individual visits and counseling
Prisons Served: Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman
GETTING OUT BY GOING IN (GOGI) offers low cost and donor-funded inmate self-study and group study programming to achieve the goal of release preparation and lowered recidivism rates. GOGI is respected as an authority in prisoner leadership training, education for maximum security and specialized demographics of prisoners.
Offices in California, programming nationally.