A searchable directory of the network of organizations, associates and groups providing meditation, mindfulness or contemplative programs in prisons around the world.
If you are looking for organizations or groups in your area providing prison dharma programs inside prisons, please explore this directory and contact the organization or group directly.
If you are an organization, group or individual that provides prison, meditation, yoga (or other contemplative) programs and are not yet listed in our Prison Dharma Network Directory, please click here to submit a listing for your project. We get hundreds of requests a year from people looking to volunteer in local programs and/or people seeking help for prisoners.
If you would like to volunteer in one of our local PMI projects in Massachusetts or Rhode Island please fill out our application here.
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The Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (BDK) (Society for the Promotion of Buddhism) was founded by the Reverend Dr. Yehan Numata in December 1965, one year after the Mitutoyo Manufacturing Company celebrated its 30th anniversary. With the worldwide success of his company, Dr. Numata decided that the time had come to realize his dream of making the Buddhist teachings more widely available. Working with a community of like-minded people, including leaders of each Buddhist sect in Japan and eminent Buddhist scholars, Dr. Numata established the BDK in order to "to transmit the Buddhist religion to as many people in the world as possible, without expounding the doctrines of any particular sect or denomination." To achieve this goal, the BDK promotes a wide range of activities and projects in the hope of contributing to world peace and mutual understanding among humanity.
Currently there are two other major publication projects handled by the BDK America Berkeley Office. The first is distribution of the popular introductory Buddhist book entitled "The Teaching of Buddha" which has more than 8 million copies in circulation throughout the world, in more than 42 languages. Secondly, BDK has published a Buddhist anthology called Buddha Dharma, which is an expanded version of "The Teaching of Buddha," and comes with a detailed index and accounting of the Buddhist teaching presented with each story.
Prison project in State prison in Anamosa, IA - Buddhist group 2x a month.
The Center for Mindfulness & Justice facilitates personal transformation and professional development that fosters mindfulness, compassion, peace and equal access to justice for all. We provide mindfulness instruction, keynote speaking, and organizational consulting and training. We offer the inspiration and skills that create personal and collective change in our interdependent world.
Soto Zen Group in Rome, Italy, affiliated to San Francisco Zen Center, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi Lineage
The Colorado Correctional Industries (CCI), Prison Trained K-9 Companion Program (PTKCP) is a program which provides the outside community with pre-trained dogs. Dogs graduating from this program fill many roles: everything from a wonderfully trained basic family pet, to a nursing home dog, to very sophisticated assistance dogs which perform a variety of tasks for their masters. These dogs are perfect pets for the youngest child to an elderly parent.
This program is a part of Colorado Correctional Industries. This program allows offenders to learn new skills, improve self-esteem, and earn a salary that is based on their work performance. Inmates from the PTKCP are eligible to earn vocational certification in Canine Behavior Modification.
Comienzos is an educational, therapeutic program serving men and women who are incarcerated at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center. We teach the skills and cultivate the awareness that is needed for men and women to live in freedom.
Our classes include:
* Learning and Practice in Nonviolent Communication, as developed by Dr. Marshall Rosenberg;
* Meditative practices, including seated meditation, T’ai Chi Chih, and yoga; and,
* 12 Step Recovery
Our mission is to offer healing and hope by living and teaching compassion, especially to the disenfranchised and people in prison.
We have been visiting with and writing to people in prison for 23 years. We have worked with hundreds of Arkansas inmates, and have sent out more than 800,000 copies of healing newsletters to inmates and people in the free world.
There are two weekly gatherings of the Compassionate Ocean Sangha. There is also a meditation session offered on Wednesday morning, and single-day and multi-day retreats.
We are a coalition of faith communities and individuals committed to helping reduce recidivism through the development and delivery of educational and personal growth programs in prisons. CPO strives to prepare inmates for returning to society as responsible and productive citizens.
We provide services primarily at MCI-Concord And Northeast Correctional Center, both in Concord, MA.
Prison Outreach is an on-going, integral part of the Contemplative Outreach family. This important ministry is committed to support volunteers and organizations willing to serve the prison population.
Support consists of consultation, resources and access to a central database of all prison ministry activities nationwide involving Centering Prayer. We hope to encourage and assist those interested in beginning a prison ministry or to provide connections between practitioners already in the ministry who want to share and learn together.
Mary Wyman - CO Chapter Coordinator
San Francisco CA- development of Prison Outreach Conference/Retreat.
Barbara Cook - prison ministry
Hobby Unit- (women) Marlin TX, experiences with conferences and workshops
Douglas La Plant - prison ministry
SCI Rockview, Bellefante PA
Teaching "A Pathway to Freedom" course to men.
Khalilah Bilal - prison ministry
Bexar County Jail- San Antonio TX
Teaching "A Pathway to Freedom" course to women