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Vipassana in North American prisons - update - Dhamma Wheel

Vipassana in North American prisons - update

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Vipassana in North American prisons - update

Postby Ben » Mon Mar 01, 2010 6:26 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
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Re: Vipassana in North American prisons - update

Postby BlackBird » Mon Mar 01, 2010 8:48 am

This is good news. Last I heard the prison in question had gone through a few chief-wardens and that one of them had been strongly anti-meditation, shutting down the whole programme. Fortunately the position seems to have past on to a more open minded individual :anjali:

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Re: Vipassana in North American prisons - update

Postby retrofuturist » Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:17 pm

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Re: Vipassana in North American prisons - update

Postby Avery » Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:35 pm

I was surprised to learn recently that the Vipassana Project is only part of the meditation programs popping up around the country. I guess prison chaplains don't often make the news, but I met a Tibetan monk who teaches vipassana at his prison in rural Michigan. In such a closed environment, I think meditation can make a big difference :)

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Re: Vipassana in North American prisons - update

Postby bodom » Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:42 pm

Well i figured out how I can finally get the time off of work to do a retreat. Ill get arrested!
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

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With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
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Re: Vipassana in North American prisons - update

Postby Ben » Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:21 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Vipassana in North American prisons - update

Postby bodom » Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:48 am

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


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Vipassana in North American prisons - update

Postby Monkey Mind » Tue Mar 02, 2010 5:00 am

Watched Dhamma Brothers recently. It was very moving.
"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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