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Imagine trying to generate even the slightest bodhicitta -- the
intention to become fully enlightened in order to benefit all sentient
beings most effectively -- in a prison environment. It's similar
to generating compassion in hell! Although we are all prisoners
of our negative karma, negative emotions, and disturbing attitudes,
we still have this precious human life. Nothing can ever take away
our Buddha potential. Ven. Chodron and the prisoners with whom she
corresponds offer practitioners insights into how they can benefit
themselves and others in even the most difficult situations.
Articles by Ven. Chodron
Articles by Ven. Jigme
Articles by Ven. Semkye
Contributions from Inmates
- Beyond Words
- My Shorts
the Seeds I Plant
Most Stable Prisoners
- Prison and
Contributions from Prison Volunteers and Others
This poster was painted for the Monroe Prison Service Dog Program by Bill Van Court, an inmate at Monroe Correctional Facility in Washington State. This fantastic program gives puppies to inmates to train as service dogs for the blind, vets with PTSD, the differently-abled, the elderly, and others. The dogs live in the cells with the inmates, who care for them and train them 24/7.
The inmates at Monroe with the dogs they trained. Working with the dogs gives the inmates a new sense of connection with living beings--both the dog and the human being who will benefit fr/m having a service dog. After these dogs are given to those who need them, the inmates will receive new puppies to train.
Ven. Chodron visits Al, who was convicted of a double murder, in prison. The visiting room is made of white cinder blocks, but the painting of this Mediterranean villa provides a background for photos.
Laura Bates' book Shakespeare Saved My Life tells the story of her teaching and discussing Shakespeare in a supermax prison and the effect it has on the inmates. If you think that criminals can never change, please read this book. Without it being the main point of this book, she also describes the dreadful circumstances people live in in American prisons.
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