Buddhist Teaches Inmates Meditation

August 6, 2001

Source: The Tampa Tribune

On August 6, 2001, The Tampa Tribune reported on K.C. Walpole, who counsels prison inmates, "teaching Buddhism and offering meditation...He and four other volunteers have worked with 250 prisoners in 11 state prisons, two county jails and two federal penitentiaries. They teach meditation through the Gateless Gate Zen Center, a nonprofit religious group Walpole founded near Gainesville in 1997...The Buddhist group's work inside prisons does not stress religion. It is nondenominational...Walpole has taught the same techniques in a secular format to people with chronic pain or psychological disorders at Malcolm Randall Veterans Administration Medical Center in Gainesville."