Unlikely Friends

“Unlikely Friends” a new documentary by Leslie Neale (Juvies) is a film about the victims of brutal crimes who through forgiveness unexpectedly become friends with the those who have harmed them the most.   The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the...

2012 Accomplishments

The Year of the Water Dragon was an exciting and action packed year for PDN/PMI. Here are some of our accomplishments during the past year: Groundbreaking Prison Staff Training This year we launched the first mindfulness-based prison staff development training and research study...

The Ancient Heart of Forgiveness

“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.”  Lewis B. Smedes Jack Kornfeld , Buddhist teacher and author shares extraordinary stories of forgiveness–and explains how the next story could be yours.

Letter from Fleet Maull

Dear Friend of PDN, For the past 23 years we have been lighting candles in the darkness for tens of thousands of prisoners and their families caught in the machinery of a growing prison industrial complex that relies on depleting community resources in order to warehouse more and...

Letter from Michael K. R. – prisoner

My Fellow Seekers, I have some terrific news that I wish to share. I have prevailed on appeal and am no longer under Sentence of Death by the state. True, we are all under death sentences, but prefer it be of ‘natural’ causes, than by state execution. It has been through prison...

Unity

By Gary,               Path of Freedom team This morning there were heavy dark clouds beginning to separate into back-lit luminescent, weightless and drifting blocks. The foliage was just past peak and the leaves were dying a fearless and brilliant death.  Everything was quite...

The Samadhi of a Golden Lotus for Us All

                By David Hōkai Abbott, prisoner To daily fresh touch the the-thousand things and the World beneath your feet is to step off the hundred-foot pole;   For neither is there vertical, horizontal, emptiness, time or space...

New Book: Buddhas Behind Bars

Introduction and Afterthoughts by Tonen O’Connor, Resident Priest Emerita at Milwaukee Zen Center The three inmates doing time for violent crime recount their early lives, their crimes, their lives in prison, and their slow progress towards a new horizon…. They hope...

A Word About “Pen” Pals

written by a former prisoner  …with a boundless heart Should one cherish all living beings: Radiating kindness over the entire world Spreading upwards to the skies, And downwards to the depths; Outwards and unbounded, Freed from hatred and ill-will. It happens in every...

Petition for Freedom of Religion for Canadian Prisoners

Dear Friends, As a Buddhist practitioner and volunteer to a prison Sangha, I have seen how spiritual practice can transform lives and lead to true rehabilitation. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is cancelling the contracts of all part-time, non-Christian chaplains in Canadian...