Prison visiting/chaplaincy

Karuna Thompson, Buddhist Chaplain at Oregon State Penitentiary, walks the cells block at the maximum security prison.

Karuna Thompson, Buddhist Chaplain at Oregon State Penitentiary, walks the cells block at the maximum security prison.

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:

 

JOB PURPOSE

 

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.

 

See their full job description here

Read this by Dick Allen, who worked as a prison chaplain for 20 years.

 

 

 

 

Some points from Angulimala ‘Note for Prospective Buddhist Prison Chaplains‘.

Chaplains should:

  • 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

A contact-person.

If you would like to find out more about prison chaplaincy, please use the form opposite.

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