The Bridgewater State Hospital Sangha brings together practitioners from Vipassana and Zen traditions. We share our practice with the residents of the prison/hospital. We meet weekly for meditation and study of traditional Buddhist texts.

Prisons Served: Bridgewater State Hospital/prison, Massachusetts.

Anna Klegon

Noah Levine is a Buddhist teacher, author and counselor. He is trained to teach by Jack Kornfield of Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA. He teaches meditation classes, workshops and retreats nationally as well as leading groups in juvenile halls and prisons. Noah holds a masters degree in counseling psychology from CIIS. He has studied with many prominent teachers in both the Theravadan and Mahayanan Buddhist traditions.

Noah currently teaches in Los Angeles, CA at his center – Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society.

Produced the film “The Dhamma Brothers”

The story of the Dhamma Brothers of Donaldson Correctional Facility continues to unfold today as the Vipassana program establishes deep roots and manifests a gradual change from within the prison walls.

Jenny Phillips
Insight on the Inside

We are one of Insight Meditation Community of Washington, Tara Brach’s sangha and are mentored by Hugh Byrne. We teach meditation in 5 facilities Washington D.C.

We are a non-demonitational group at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago. We meet once a week for an hour. We practice Mindfulness Meditation (Vipassana) and follow some of the protocol of MBSR, and Prison Mindfulness Institute. I am most interested in being in contact with other groups which are trying to introduce meditation into Correctional facilities, without the mantle of Buddhism.

Scott Chambers

Prison Project
Please note that this prison project has no formal relationship with Vipassana Santa Cruz or its Board or teachers, although their support is appreciated.

Correctional Training Facility (CTF), Soledad
A team of volunteer Buddhist chaplains from area sanghas has been serving the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) at Soledad since January 2003. The volunteers meet with male inmates of this large, level-2 prison every Tuesday evening in an interfaith chapel, where they teach and lead mindfulness meditation, give brief dharma talks, and facilitate discussions. The sessions always end with a heartfelt metta meditation.

Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP), Soledad
volunteer Buddhist chaplains have facilitated meditation programs at Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) since fall 1999. SVSP is a level-4/maximum security prison. The program runs on Tuesday afternoons and includes Qi Gong, guided meditation, a short dharma talk and discussion, and ends with metta.

Prison served: Correctional Training Facility (CTF), Soledad, Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP), Soledad

The groups meet in the interfaith chapel with two different programs running simultaneously

Natascha Bruckner (CTF) / Jill and Bruce Hyman (SVSP)

The Kindness Project is the name given to the meditation program at the Baltimore County(MD)jail. Initiated in Oct 2008 by prison employees JoAnna Allen and Josette George, the classes teach Vipassana meditation technique and include journaling, poetry, readings, films, an active lending library, sharing circles, yoga, and experiential activities. It is geared toward healing, education, and spreading inner peace and tends to be non-sectarian, but if asked, we say the religion practiced is KINDNESS. We are volunteers serving approximately 100 inmates during each 6 week series of classes and run 5 series per year.

Baltimore County Detention Center (BCDC)

JoAnna Allen

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
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