Illinois

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

Mary Wyman – CO Chapter Coordinator

Hongaku Jodo school of Buddhism and its clergy are devoted to service and to meeting the spiritual needs of those incarcerated in prisons or detained in other institutions, via distance learning.

Ven. Dr. Shaku Mui Shin Shi

We are a non-demonitational group at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago. We meet once a week for an hour. We practice Mindfulness Meditation (Vipassana) and follow some of the protocol of MBSR, and Prison Mindfulness Institute. I am most interested in being in contact with other groups which are trying to introduce meditation into Correctional facilities, without the mantle of Buddhism.

Scott Chambers
Path of Freedom — Chicago IL

Graduates of PMI’s Path of Freedom webinar run a program at the Cook County Jail in Chicago.

This project is dedicated to fostering individual insight and compassion among Cook County Jail’s inmates and prison staff. Transforming people’s minds and hearts through the practice of various mindfulness and awareness techniques is a first step toward positively transforming society.

Tom Mahoney ([email protected])

The Prairie Zen Center currently provides prison outreach services at four of the Central Illinois Correctional Centers, Login CC and Lincoln CC, both in Lincoln, IL; Illinois River CC in Canton, IL; and Graham CC in Hillsboro, IL. They are led by Al Daijin Kamnick.

Our resident teacher is Elihu Genmyo Smith, the first Dharma Heir of Charlotte Joko Beck and co-founder of the Ordinary Mind Zen School. Our schedule includes weekly sittings, periodic workshops, and sesshin six times a year.

Prisons Served: Central Illinois Correctional Centers, Login CC and Lincoln CC, both in Lincoln, IL; Illinois River CC in Canton, IL; and Graham CC in Hillsboro, IL

Al Daijin Kamnick
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