From the Shambhala Sun
archives and our blog Shambhala SunSpace come writings and more from people who know the practice of Buddhism or meditation from both sides of the prison bars.
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Prisoner Timothy Burke on how Buddhist
meditation has been helpful in finding peace — and deepening his
understanding of Christianity.
• Video: Got “extra” Buddhist books? Here’s at least one great thing to do with them.
Prisoner Scott Darnell shares his story of finding compassion on the inside.
Rod Meade Sperry shares the tale of Jessie Misskelley, Jason
Baldwin, and (the now-Buddhist) Damien Echols. Could what happened to
them happen to any of us?
A profile by Susan Moon.
Kobutsu Malone takes Shodo Harada Roshi on an unprecedented visit to
Arkansas’ death row, where two condemned men, including Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three, have taken on the practice of Zen.
Yoga and meditation help Pippin Ross escape the hell of America’s oldest prison for women.
Through the practice of compassion meditation, Rosalind Harris
transforms the grief of her son’s murder into solidarity and friendship
with all young African-Americans, whose life of violence and oppression
is a national tragedy.
“After more than thirteen years behind bars,” writes Fleet Maull, “a
prisoner’s short, bittersweet experience of freedom is a reminder of
his guru and the free, cheerful state of mind that is available at every
And for still more, see our ongoing Prison Dharma coverage on our blog, Shambhala SunSpace.