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August 23, 2012


Prison Outreach

The Zen Center prison outreach program connects Buddhist inmates with practitioners in the free world. We also provide free dharma books for prisoners.

There is a great need for people willing to be pen pals with incarcerated practitioners. All correspondence goes through Zen Center, so the pen palís address is never given out. Many correspondents prefer to use a pen name as well. At all times the anonymity of the volunteer is guaranteed.

This is a very easy way to make a profound difference in another personís life. To study the dharma with a good spiritual friend can affect our own practice in ways that are moving and gratifying.

If you would like more information about becoming a prison pen pal, please contact SFZC’s Volunteer Coordinator, Jeffrey Schneider. He can be reached at either or 415-354-0379. Thank you.

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  1. Laurie McCann
    Aug 29 2012

    I have been a dharma pen pal for over ten years, with DPP’s in three different prisons. It has been and continues to be a wonderful opportunity to practice gratitude, generosity and equanimity. I would be happy to talk with anyone who is interested in my experience. Laurie McCann


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