We are an independent interfaith Sangha dedicated to providing spiritual support for Buddhists behind bars. We currently donate Buddhist books, magazines, videos and audio cassettes to prisons and inmates around the country upon request. Your donations of new or used books and literature on Buddhism and Eastern Philosophy are what make this possible! Thank you to ALL who have in the past or will in the future mail study materials to an inmate; or if you prefer, you can mail them to ChanterKyo/Betty for distribution:
Buddhist Inmate Sangha
Betty Lu Buck
P.O. Box 6517
Brookings, OR 97415 USA
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
“Who you are is and always will be free. Freedom is not something that can be learned or earned or lost. It is the truth of who you are.”
The Gangaji Foundation Prison Program is a source of inspiration for all-inside or out. Together, prisoners, volunteers and donors have made this program flourish since it began in 1994. The Prison Program sponsors in-prison visits, a correspondence program and provides books, audios and videos free of charge to prisoners across the country.
Prisons Served: FCI Florence, FCI Sheridan, Englewood Camp, Folsom State Prison, Stockton Women’s Facility
Multnomah County Jail–Inverness: Buddhist meditation groups for men and women; Buddhist chaplain providing spiritual counseling and Buddhist reading materials.
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:
Teaching three meditation classes per week. Providing meditation instruction to inmates in private sessions. Developing a Buddhist program & acquiring Buddhist supplies within the prison.
Snake River Correctional Institution