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
Therapists Susan Spangler and Marian Webster integrate the Path of Freedom curriculum with sitting practice with the men at Allegheny County Jail.
Therapeutic Yoga and Mindfulness
Northampton County Prison
Northampton County Juvenile Justice Center
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:
Transformation Yoga Project provides healing alternatives to the effects of mass incarceration on the individual, communal and systemic levels. Through the lens of Transformative Justice, our trauma sensitive, mindfulness based approach extends to those who are incarcerated, in reentry, in communities disproportionately affected by incarceration, and to those working within the justice system. We envision a world where all people have the opportunity to discover the tools to heal from trauma and to create a positive impact in their communities.
Where We Serve:
Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution
Carson Valley Children’s Aid
Glen Mills School
Institute for Community Justice
Philadelphia Department of Prisons- Full campus (6 facilities)
Philadelphia Federal Detention Center – partner with Heart 2Heart
Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center
Montgomery County Correctional Facility- partner with Hopeworx Community Advocates
Montgomery County Youth Center
Delaware County Juvenile Detention Center
Chester Upland School District- Camelot
Chester County Correctional Facility
Chester county Probation and Parole- WRAPP program
Since the outset of prison dhamma work initiated by Bhante Wimala and sponsored by Triple Gem Society, a regular sangha in now in place at Mahanoy State Prison and plans for sangha at Somerset, Greensburg and Cresson State prisons are in the process of formation. Triple Gem Society has provided Buddhist service to inmates at the Federal Prison, Philadelphia; and corresponds with a number of other Buddhist inmates in association with the Prison Dharma Network and Buddhist Peace Fellowship.
The services and programs of a prison sangha will focus on the central teachings and practices of Buddhism, with emphasis on meditation techniques and practices. The duration of sangha is two to three hours, usually on a weekly basis but no less than monthly.
Bohdi House is a non-sectarian spiritual community house located near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Bodhi House was created in order to provide a modest re-entry plan for post release men who want to continue the study and practice of Buddhism. It is not intended to be a monastery or monastic center. It is simply a spiritual community for lay practitioners, based on a lifestyle of simple living, unselfish service, and a daily commitment to the five precepts.