Monday, November 22, 2010

Buddhism Behind Bars

Buddhism Behind Bars

By Graeme Lyall AM

Many people incarcerated in the prison system see a need for spiritual guidance, whether it be from priests, nuns, monks or lay teachers.

In the United States there are several Buddhist organizations involved in prison chaplaincy. They include the Prison Dharma Network in Boulder , Colorado, the Engaged Zen Foundation and Flowering Dogwood both founded in 1996 by Venerable Kobutsu Malone whose aim was to foster contemplative meditation practice in prisons. There is some resistance to Buddhist prison chaplaincy, especially in the Southern States, by some Christian chaplains, however, Buddhist chaplains are free to serve the prison population in several other more enlightened States.

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