Prison inmates turn into Buddhism

Increasing numbers of U.S. prison inmates are turning to Buddhist meditation to help them do time, the founder of the Prison Dharma Network says.

There are 75 organizations and is in touch with 2,500 people, many of them prisoners. "This is transformative justice as opposed to disciplinary”.

There are no informations on the number of inmates practicing meditation. But more prisons now have Buddhist meditation programs and there is an increasing library of books with titles "Prison Chaplaincy Guidelines for Zen Buddhism" and the famous "Razor-Wire Dharma: A Buddhist Life in Prison," CNN reported Friday.

"Generally, the people in Buddhist community are departing into the prisons, providing programs, and speech of mouth gets from one inmate to another," said Gary Friedman, head of communications for the American Correctional Chaplains Association. "It's a break from all the bundle and noise of the prison environment".

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