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Prison Work in Poland

With the help of my friends Andrzej Krajeski and Rober Sudol, I led meditation workshop for about 30 prisoners in their 20’s and 30’s at a large jail outside of Warsaw, Poland near the airport. We talked about how our conditioning drives our behaviors unconsciously until we awaken an awareness that can see the operation of this conditioned mind and not go along with it, awareness that leads to new choices and freedom. We practiced body scan, close placement mindfulness and counting breaths meditations. Members of the Kandzeon Zen communities here in Warsaw will follow-up with an ongoing class for interested prisoners. Many of these men appeared genuinely interested in tools to turn their lives around. Tomorrow we will visit another prison in Warsaw. I’m also giving classes for the public here in Warsaw all this week on socially engaged Buddhism and peacemaking skill.

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