Zabuton cushions made in WNC help prison inmates practice mindfulness

From Mountain Xpress – Asheville, NC Surrounded by concrete walls, confined by steel bars and subjected to near-constant noise, people serving time have little respite from the unforgiving prison environment. Prison-based meditation programs provide an island of calm amid...

Support Prison Mindfulness Institute with the help of Earth Is An Island Designs!

We were recently contacted by Kris Martin of Earth Is An Island Designs. Kris creates and distributes a fantastic array of clothing and accessories aimed to promote and fund important progressive causes. For every item purchased, a portion of the proceeds will go towards the...

Path of Freedom – Reports from the Field

Here are a few quotes from recent Path of Freedom classes: From a class at Allegheny County Jail on Communication: “I see myself on the edge of the cocoon. I pick out what I want to respond to, like if it strikes a nerve.”   “When somebody is really...

“We Have All Made Mistakes” – Teaching Mindfulness in Prisons: A Different Kind of Rehabilitation

By: Buddhistdoor Date: 2016-04-22 Born in Hong Kong and based in Chilliwack, British Columbia, since 1994, Venerable Yin Kit Sik (also known as Sister Jessie) ordained as a Buddhist nun in Hong Kong in 1992 following a successful career as a podiatrist. Having begun teaching...

Juvenile detention centers use yoga to teach mindfulness

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Ten young men file into the gym, wearing identical maroon polos, white undershirts, navy sweats, white socks and black, laceless shoes. Soon, they’re removing those shoes and placing them behind 10 royal-blue yoga mats, rolled out on the basketball court...

“If I inspire just one of you guys to make some sort of change in your life that is helpful to you, then my time here is worth it to me.”

Here are a few quotes from recent POF classes:     “I’ve read in law of attraction stuff that no one can make me feel inferior without my consent. It seems like meditation can help with that.”   “It’s easier just to let things be than...

From prison to college: Consortium puts inmates in a positive ‘pipeline’

From The Boston Globe: Prison changed Jose Bou’s life in a way he never expected. While serving a 12-year sentence for drug trafficking, Bou earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston University through a special program for incarcerated students. Since his release seven years ago,...

Meditating with officers on Rikers Island

“You guys know anything about stress management?” Justin von Bujdoss is speaking to a group of about 40 correction officer recruits, dressed in gray uniforms and shiny black patent leather shoes, who have joined his weekly Monday afternoon meditation class for correction...

Path of Freedom – September Reports from the Field

Here are some quotes from classes that have taken place this month. These quotes area all from men and women in Rhode Island Prisons, speaking about what the courses have been teaching them, and how they use what they learn to better themselves, and improve their lives both in...

Path of Freedom – August Reports from the Field

Here are some quotes gathered from facilitators teaching our Path of Freedom course curriculum in various a Men’s Medium Security Prison in Rhode Island. Participants share how aspects of this course can be beneficial not only in daily life, but when faced with major...
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