Inside Dharma is a non-profit, non-denominational Buddhist organization dedicated to offering information, support and encouragement to incarcerated and recently released individuals in a manner consistent with Buddhist principles.
* supplies VIC’s to Missouri prisons,
* connects penpals with interested inmates,
* sends reading and practice materials and the Inside Dharma Newsletter to inmates,
* provides recently released inmates references to useful agencies and opportunities.
* Inside Dharma also serves the homeless community, which includes many ex-offenders, through the Buddha Bag Project.
*Put out a resource directory for the St. Louis area for those coming out of prison and homeless – you can access it via www.StartHereSTL.org
*Has a website for prison art at www.Insiderart.org
Prisons Served: Farmington Correctional Center
New program, currently raising the level of practice from alone in cell to group practice with a teacher. Programs at Bowling Green and Potosi prisons, in the process of getting approved for all Missouri state prisons.
This is a collaborative effort by the Missouri Zen
Center and five other organizations: Mid-America Buddhist Association, the Peacemaker Community, the Rime Buddhist Center and Monastery, the Vipassana Buddhist Church and Center for Buddhist Development, and the St. Louis Insight Meditation Group.
Prisons Served: Bowling Green and Potosi
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)
Holistic Offender Rehabilitation. Teaches its students a set of holistic health strategies to reduce stress, to promote psychological development and to improve behavior, using the Transcendental Stress Management program. Students are required to take a 26-lesson course with TESP and benefit from a three-month follow-up program.