For many reasons, inmates who take up or deepen a Buddhist practice in prison often have difficulty maintaining that practice after their release. Many are distracted by the day-to-day challenges of survival. Some have trouble finding or being accepted by a Buddhist teacher or sangha. The problem of support and practice after prison was an important topic at the November 2008 Prison Dharma Conference.
The possible creation of a "returnee sangha" in the Seattle area, as well as ways of supporting sanghas and returnees in engaging with each other, will be the focus of a meeting Wednesday evening, April 22. The meeting will take place at Freedom Project’s new location, 1930 6th Avenue South #101, at 7:00 PM.
Buddhist returnees, teachers, prison volunteers, and welcoming sangha members of various traditions are invited to participate. Because of Department of Corrections restrictions no one under the age of 18 may attend.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributor: Julie Welch.
Ceramic art & photo: Courtesy of Anita Feng, the Buddha Builder.