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fivebells
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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:

http://www.dhammabrothers.com/

Freedom Behind Bars Foundation
Jenny Phillips
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jenny@dhammabrothers.com

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This is our foundation: to have sati, recollection, and sampajañña, self-awareness, whether standing, walking, sitting, or reclining. Whatever arises, just leave it be, don't cling to it. Be it like or dislike, happiness or suffering, doubt or certainty. Don't try to label everything, just know it. See that all the things that arise in the mind are simply sensations. They are transient. They arise, exist and cease. That's all there is to them, they have no self or being, they are neither ''us'' nor ''them.'' They are not worthy of clinging to, any of them. - Ajahn Chah

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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.

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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:
http://www.prison.dhamma.org

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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