Prison Dharma

Prison Dharma sharing practice and is essentially pen-pal support for prisoners practicing in the Thich Nhat Hahn/Plum Village tradition.

Venerable Chodron does prison work in the US. Her website contains many articles detailing this work.
Sravasti Abbey offers books on Buddhism by Ven. Chodron and other Buddhist teachers to inmates and prison libraries free of charge. Tapes and CDs with guided Buddhist medtiations and teachings are also available.

Ven. Chodron has visited about 30 prisons in the US, and several in Singapore and Mexico. She has given refuge and precepts in person and by teleconference to nearly a dozen prisoners over the past years. Other monastics and lay volunteers from the Abbey visited four other prisons in 2009, and the monk at the Abbey gave refuge to an inmate in Oklahoma who had corresponded for many years.


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.

Eric Berger or Nowa Crosby

After years of service to and for others and his on-going commitment to Vipassana Meditation, Grady Bankhead has earned the right to be known as a Dhamma Brother. Day by day, action by action, Grady follows the sacred Dharma path of awakening that unfolded during a 10 – day Vipassana meditation course, as taught by S.N. Goenka, at the Donaldson Correction Facility in Bessemer, Alabama.

Ten-day Vipassana meditation courses as taught by S.N. Goenka offered to prisoners in correctional facilities in North America. Books on Buddhism and meditation also available free to prisoners. Donations of books gladly accepted.

Washington North Rehabilitation Facility.  San Francisco Jail.  W.E. Donaldson Correctional (Maximum Security) in Alabama.

Also Tihar Jail, Baroda Jail, and Nasik Jail in India.

In Waterbury, Vermont: Dale Correctional Facility for Women.

Lucia Meijer

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

Trime Persinger, Chaplain
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