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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

It’s only meditation when there are two minds:
Knowing-noting mind and observing mind.
If there is only one mind, ‘I’ is always there.
The object is not the dhamma,
The dhamma is the mind
That is being aware.

- Shwe Oo Min Sayadaw

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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:

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.

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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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