Vipassana Meditation Courses In Prisons

Prison Courses Worldwide

The teaching of Vipassana meditation in a correctional environment was first tried in Jaipur, India in 1975. Since that time, Vipassana courses have been successfully taught in prisons in numerous countries. A brief summary of these courses is given below along with contact information for an appropriate Vipassana respresentative for correction officials to contact in each country to obtain further information. In countries that are not listed please contact the American Prison Trust and it will see that the inquiry is routed to the proper person in that country.

There have been numerous courses taught in the prisons of India since 1975. These prisons include the Tihar Jail, near New Delhi, the Baroda Jail in Gujarat and the Nasik Jail in Maharashtra. Some of these facilities have permanent Vipassana meditation centers located within the jails themselves at which regular courses are conducted. For additional information contact:
Prof. Pyare Lal & Mrs Sushila Dhar
33 North Avenue, I I T Campus, New Delhi, India 110 016
Tel: Res. (011) 6560537, 6591825; Off. 6565679, 6591053, 6591051; Fax: [91] (011) 685 7753.
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New Zealand
Two courses have been held in a prison in New Zealand in 1999 and 2000. This prison has a large population of inmates who are Maori origin. For additional information contact:
Mr Ross Reynolds
C/o Dhamma Medini, Burnside Road, RD3 Kaukapakapa, New Zealand
Tel/Fax: [64] (09) 420 4313.

One course has been conducted in a prison in Taiwan. For additional information contact:
Mr George Hsiao
7C-1, No. 20-5, Lane 128, Taichungkang Road, Section 3, Taichung City 407, Taiwan
Tel: Tel: [886] (4) 24635776; Fax: 24637938.

Several courses have been conducted at prisons in Thailand. For additional informformation contact:
Mr Nirand & Mrs Sutthi Chayodom
65/15 Soi 1 Chaengwattana Road, Bangkok 10210, Thailand.
Tel: Res. [66] (02) 552 1731; Off 521 0392; Fax: [66] (02) 552 1753.

A course was held in Israel, Spain and the UK. For additional information please contact:

Udo Marquardt Flat 49, 120 Lee High Road, London SE135FF
Tel/Fax: +44-7985-07-1125

United States
There have been numerous courses conducted in the King County, Washington North Rehabilitation Facility near in Seattle over the last several years. In addition, courses have been conducted in the San Francisco Jail and in the W.E. Donaldson Correctional (Maximum Security) Facility in Bessemer, Alabama. For additional information contact:
Vipassana Meditation Rehabilitation and Research Trust
for North American Correctional Facilities

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