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
Monks from the Center’s monastery will make daily puja offerings. The Rime Center has established a Buddhist group at the prison camp at the Leavenworth federal prison.
Lama Chuck Stanford and Ven. Jigme-la began regular visits with the prisoners in early February. A small sangha meets with Chuck & Jigme every other Monday evening.
Prisons we are actively visiting: 1. United States Disciplinary Barracks (U.S.D.B.) at Ft. Leavenworth where I serve as a part-time staff Chaplain, 2. Crossroads Correctional Center, and 3. Western Missouri Correctional Center (both in Cameron, MO).
I am also a member on the Missouri Dept of Corrections – Religious Programming Advisory Council (RPAC)
Contact: Lama Chuck Stanford ([email protected]), Jon E. Dilley, Michael Reynolds, Matthew E. Rice Monks from the Center’s monastery will make daily puja offerings.
Prisons Served: United States Disciplinary Barracks (U.S.D.B.) at Ft. Leavenworth, Crossroads Correctional Center, Western Missouri Correctional Center (both in Cameron, MO)
The teachings and practices of Siddha Yoga are brought to incarcerated men and
women through the Siddha Yoga Meditation Study Courses. The 17 year long Course
lessons describe in simple, down-to-earth language the timeless, transformative wisdom
of yoga. Lessons are received monthly and are free of charge to all who are
incarcerated. They are available in Spanish translation on request. Persons of all
spiritual and religious persuasions are invited to participate. Nearly 5000 inmates are
enrolled in the Courses in over 900 prisons in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Italy, the U.K.,
Interested inmates can enroll in the Courses by writing to: Prison Project, PO Box
99140, Emeryville, CA 94662. The Prison Project web page is at: