A large piece of Bodhana’s outreach work takes place at the New Hampshire State Prison for men in Concord. Kshanti facilitates two classes a week at the prison. On Saturday morning there is a meditation class from 8:30 till 11:00. On Thursday afternoon a study class runs from 1:00 till 4:00. Khanti also holds three retreats a year at the prison that is held on Friday evening and all day Saturday. Khanti also prints and mails out a meditation manual to inmates all around the country. This manual was written by Bodhana especially for inmates.
Triratna Buddhist Order
Tradition…Triratna Buddhist Community/Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana
Prisons served: New Hampshire State Prison
PMI’s Path of Freedom curriculum is used in Solution-Focused Change Groups:5 groups at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Program at Grafton County Department of Corrections in North Haverhill, New Hampshire, are using selected pieces from Path of Freedom.
Class at the Cheshire County Jail in New Hampshire. Kate Wylie has practiced Buddhist meditation since 1975 at Insight Meditation Society in Massachusetts and with a Tibetan teacher, Ven. Tsoknyi Rinpoche. She trained in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction under Jon Kabat-Zinn. She recently retired after 30 years as a psychotherapist.
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:
On the first Saturday of every month a small group of Valley Insight sangha members drive to the New Hampshire Department of Corrections in Berlin to meet with the inmates for an afternoon of meditation practice, Dhamma reflections and discussion.
For more information, please contact Valley Insight.
Wildmind has been active since 2003 in the State Prison for Men in Concord, New Hampshire, working with inmates who have an interest in meditation or Buddhism.
More recently we’ve been involved in working with another group of men in North Central Correctional Institution in Gardner, Massachusetts.
This section of the site covers issues related to the practice of meditation in prison, gives details of a book (“Buddhism Behind Bars”) that Wildmind is sponsoring.