Prison retreat

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Prison retreat

Postby fivebells » Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:00 pm

A group of us are trying to set up a "Dhamma Brothers" style retreat in Auburn Prison, NY. If anyone here has any experience with prison retreats, particularly how to sell them to prison authorities, I'd be grateful to hear from you.

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Re: Prison retreat

Postby bodom » Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:08 pm

Perhaps try contacting the Dhamma Brothers project directly for any questions on getting started:

Freedom Behind Bars Foundation
Jenny Phillips
(978) 371-2586
[email protected]

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo

With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5

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Re: Prison retreat

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:34 pm

The many years of experience of Ajahn Khemadhammo in the UK may be of some help in how to go about it.

• • • • (Upasampadā: 24th June, 1979)

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Re: Prison retreat

Postby Monkey Mind » Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:46 pm

The organization upon which "The Dhamma Brothers" is based can be found here:

Instead of reinventing the wheel, it might be useful to contact them and see if they have any interest/ resources in approaching the NY prison system.
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

Sutta Nipāta 3.710

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Re: Prison retreat

Postby fivebells » Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:03 pm

Thanks, everyone. Yes, on your advice, I have contacted Jenny Phillips at Dhamma Brothers.

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