Lifting the lamp of Dharma to help break the chains of ignorance, violence, hopelessness and fear.
Inner Peace Prison Dharma (IPPD) was started in 2014. Since that time, we continue to train and support volunteers facilitating Buddhist study and meditation groups inside jails and prisons. Our aspiration is to lift the lamp of Dharma among our incarcerated brothers and sisters to help break the chains of ignorance, violence, hopelessness and fear.
Typically, an average IPPD volunteer attends a 2-hour on-site inmate group twice each month, leading meditation and moderating discussion of a book or topic of study.
Currently, IPPD serves the following institutions on site:
Lansing Correctional Facility
We also have a Pen2Pen program where inmates can correspond in writing with a sangha member who serves as a kalyanamitra (spiritual friend) in order to further their Dharma studies and deepen their practice. Once trained, and through use of our virtual mailbox, this kind of bodhisattva activity can be done from anywhere!
IPPD has supportive partnerships with a variety of local organizations that do outreach work in corrections, including:
Arts in Prison
Arts in Prison uses the arts to inspire positive change in the incarcerated, to reduce recidivism, and to reconnect ex-offenders with their communities. Programs include writing, yoga and meditation, public speaking and debate, performance art, knitting and crochet, and visual arts.