Kadampa Center has an active Prison Project where individuals interact in a variety of ways with the prison community in North Carolina. We offer spiritual advice and teachings, as well as books and materials, to people in prison interested in exploring, studying and practicing aspects of Buddhism.
As you can imagine, living in a prison environment - whether in a cell or a cramped dormitory - is challenging in many ways. For many of the inmates we encounter, just helping them deal with their anger issues makes a huge difference in their lives, both while they are incarcerated and after they get out (for those that are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be released).
Right now, there are Kadampa Center members leading meditation and discussion classes at several prisons. Volunteers are always needed - if you are interested in finding out more about rewarding opportunities to bring dharma teaching to this vulnerable community, contact Barb Baranski.