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

Leavenworth Penitentiary

Pen2Pen

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:


Reentry Ready

Reentry Ready is a self-help, long-term residential program with holistic approach to reentry challenges. In a crime and drug-free residential facility, we will help people re-imagine and recreate their lives through academic and vocational training, sober lifestyles, and community living to build self-esteem and a brighter future.

reentryready.org

Mentoring4Success

This community-based statewide initiative delivers mentoring services to help offenders safely and successfully return to communities. Mentors support the work of correctional case workers and service/treatment providers by assisting offenders in reaching their reentry plan goals. Mentors are also instrumental in helping offenders establish a life of pro-social activities and meaningful engagement within their communities.

Kansas Program Website

FREADom Behind Bars

FBB is a community effort to provide plentiful, quality reading material to the incarcerated. Books can open minds to new ideas and create possibility and hope. We believe they can even help break the chains of illiteracy, poverty, violence, hopelessness, oppression and fear.

freadombehindbars.org

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.

artsinprison.org