Please note that this prison project has no formal relationship with Vipassana Santa Cruz or its Board or teachers, although their support is appreciated.
Correctional Training Facility (CTF), Soledad
A team of volunteer Buddhist chaplains from area sanghas has been serving the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) at Soledad since January 2003. The volunteers meet with male inmates of this large, level-2 prison every Tuesday evening in an interfaith chapel, where they teach and lead mindfulness meditation, give brief dharma talks, and facilitate discussions. The sessions always end with a heartfelt metta meditation.
Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP), Soledad
volunteer Buddhist chaplains have facilitated meditation programs at Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) since fall 1999. SVSP is a level-4/maximum security prison. The program runs on Tuesday afternoons and includes Qi Gong, guided meditation, a short dharma talk and discussion, and ends with metta.
Prison served: Correctional Training Facility (CTF), Soledad, Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP), Soledad
The groups meet in the interfaith chapel with two different programs running simultaneously
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