The main organisation for Buddhist Prison Chaplaincy is Angulimala. Much if the information on this page is taken from their site. Please follow the links for further information
A description of what prison chaplaincy/visiting means
From Angulimala site:
To exercise a pastoral ministry to the whole establishment, and to ensure the availability of Buddhist Teaching and Practice.
To encourage the development of Morality, Meditation and Wisdom.
To be a kalyana mitta or ‘good friend’ to the registered Buddhists.
To make a Buddhist contribution to the life of the prison.
Read this by Dick Allen, who worked as a prison chaplain for 20 years.
Some points from Angulimala ‘Note for Prospective Buddhist Prison Chaplains‘.
- devote a certain amount of time and trouble to it
- a serious practice of the Five Precepts
- have a grasp of basic principles like the Four Noble Truths, the Noble Eightfold Path, Karma and its Results, Giving, Loving-Kindness and Compassion, etc
- have knowledge of other Buddhist traditions and not proselytise their own
- commit himself or herself to at least one training session a year
Personal testimonials from people who are already doing this
If you would like to find out more about prison chaplaincy, please use the form opposite.
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