Vipassana Meditation Courses In Prisons
Prison Course Requirements
The structure and organization of a 10 day Vipassana course in a prison
facility is essentially the same as that at a meditation center. The timetable,
meditation instructions, discourses and overall rules of conduct for the
participitants are virtually identical. Like other courses in this tradition,
there is no charge to either the participants or the facility for the course.
The facility need only provide food and housing for the inmates, as they
must do anyway, as well as the vipassana volunteers who conduct and manage
the course. A vegetarian menu is preferred, however that preference has
so far not been a significant problem in any of the courses. In addition,
a meditation hall or classroom and housing for the inmates participants
which is separate from all the other prisoners for the duration of the
course is required. Further information on is available
in the form of a prison course fact sheet and
prison course guidelines.
It is also required that one or more personnel from the correction facility
staff must take a 10 day course at one of the established meditation centers
before a course can be conducted at that facility. This is requirement
is necessary so that someone who has significant responsibility at the
institution and who is well known to the inmates who will participate in
the course fully understands the course and the reasons for the course
rules and regulations.
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