FILM: When the Iron Bird Flies

In 1959, the Chinese invasion of Tibet threw open the doors to the mysterious realm of Tibetan Buddhism and suddenly this rich, ancient tradition was propelled into the modern world. Half a century later, Padmasambhava’s prophecy has come true and the teachings of Tibetan...

Fleet Maull’s Lessons on Dealing with Imprisonment

By Jon Katz, a criminal defense/drug defense/marijuana defense attorney, and DWI/DUI/Drunk Driving defense lawyer advocating in Fairfax County/Northern Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland, and beyond for the best possible results for his clients. http://katzjustice.com. ...

Naked Mind, the Film

Please help filmmaker finish this important new film, Naked Mind, which chronicles the many ways that meditation is positively impacting modern culture in the West.   The film features many of the most preeminent meditation teachers, East and West and as well as the prison work...

Mindfulness in Prison – my experience

I vividly recall the moment when the judge announced my prison sentence to be 36 months on Oct 31, 2006 (I was charged with, and pleaded guilty to, 1 count Conspiracy to commit Healthcare insurance fraud, as  a direct result of my drug addiction/alcoholism). Although it was...

Forgiveness & Trauma

Attached are two articles by POF Grad Linda Sparrowe on Forgivenes and Trauma from Yoga International magazine.   YI_forgiveness.pdf YI_Trauma.pdf

Dos and Don’ts When Teaching Mindfulness

By Deborah Schoberlein for the Huffington Post, February 12, 2012 In education, we always try to emphasize the positive and encourage best practices; after all, promoting something good is more palatable and typically more effective than discouraging something bad. It’s...

Minding Myself, Minding Others

Reflections on the Path of Freedom Webinar By Joyce Greenberg for Daily Self Cure (blog), February 4, 2013 Besides the Zen meditation retreat I attended last weekend, I also had two mindfulness experiences last week that reinforced the value of my training. In Janurary, I took a...

Going Home

                by Rob B – prisoner Here in the penitentiary when guys talk about “going home” they are referring to being released from prison and returning to some sort of residence in the outer world.  But for now, in...

Mindfulness in Action

We arrived last Thursday at the prison where we taught the last class of the 16-week Path of Freedom class. There is one more class next week when we will present Certificates of Completion, do a brief review of what we learned, and then basically shoot the breeze and party....

Meditation In Prison

Prison, instituted to separate man from society, can easily cause a deeper rift between the prisoner and the community than is wise; if one sees prison as a temporary separation experience.  As one tries to survive the prison experience one can take on behavioral responses which...