Prison Dharma sharing practice and is essentially pen-pal support for prisoners practicing in the Thich Nhat Hahn/Plum Village tradition.
The Upaya Prison Outreach Project is a non-profit organization organized under the tax exempt umbrella of the Upaya Zen Center, based in Santa Fe, NM. The mission of the Project is to teach meditation and other mindfulness practices as a means of ending the cycle of addiction, violence and incarceration for men, women and youths.
Members of the Zen Center correspond with prisoners throughout the country.We also prepare a meal for the residents of Dismas House in Burlington once a month.
Working under the name of the National Buddhist Prison Sangha (NBPS), activities include weekly or monthly visits to NY prisons by senior ZMM monastic and lay students who lead group practice in meditation, liturgy, talks on Zen practice, and periodic intensive meditation retreats. Volunteers also maintain regular correspondence with incarcerated men and women from around the country offering guidance in Buddhist meditation and practice and sending supporting materials.
Zen Mountain Monastery’s prison program began in 1984 after a court battle allowing the program to become the first Zen practice group in NY State Correctional Facilities. The National Buddhist Prison Sangha’s Practice Advisors offer support and guidance to people who practice Zen Buddhism in prison. We visit several NY State prisons, and correspond with hundreds of people in prisons throughout the country. We also have training manuals, which reflect the training in the Mountains and Rivers Order, and introduce the basic practices of Zen Buddhism.
Prisons Served: Green Haven, Woodbourne, Shawangunk, Wallkill, Elmira, Wende, and Arthur Kill
Zen Mountain Monastery, NBPS
P.O. Box 197, Mt. Tremper, NY 12457