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

The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - 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:

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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