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
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:
This website is maintained as a resource for others and as a reference for work done in the field of consciousness-based rehabilitation, pioneered by the late Farrokh K. Anklesaria, Esq., and his wife, Ruffina Farrokh Anklesaria, M.A.
TESP offered a consciousness-based approach to criminal rehabilitation. We used the Transcendental Stress Management program and proven programs for stress reduction, including neuro-muscular integration exercises (yoga) and neuro-respiratory techniques.