Meditation Practice 'Frees' Inmates

December 15, 2007

Author: Rich Barlow

Source: The Boston Globe

It's not every teacher whose class attendance depends on whether there's a lockdown under way. But the Venerable Ajahn David Chutiko, a Buddhist monk, has accustomed himself to the vicissitudes of prison life in three years of teaching meditation at the Federal Medical Center Devens. The prison at the former military base 40 miles outside Boston houses inmates with mental or physical illnesses. more stories like this

Prison meditation classes were pioneered in India and are being offered in several US prisons. Prison officials in Seattle and in India have praised the classes for helping some inmates to leash their anger, according to articles in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and San Francisco Chronicle.

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