May 9, 2011
Prison Pen Pals Needed

Zen Center facilitates a prison correspondence program which reaches out to over 100 incarcerated men and women throughout the country. We provide books and meditation instruction for those who struggle to practice in prison. We currently have a waiting list of prisoners who wish to establish a correspondence with practitioners on the “outside” and are recruiting volunteer pen pals.

All letters go through the Zen Center office to protect your home address. You may even use a pseudonym if you like. Books sent to prisoners in your name are paid for by a special fund at no cost to you. The investment of time and energy is small, but the effect that you can have on another’s life is very great.

If you would like to find out more about this program, please contact Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Jeffrey Schneider at 415.354.0379 or at jeffrey.schneider@sfzc.org

Joshua Sandeman
Arts & Culture, Features, Zen Practice

Medicine and the Dharma

Joshua Sandeman, a former SFZC resident, is a Nurse Practitioner based in Salem, Oregon. “Medicine puts me face-to-face with all manner of human suffering and it can be a challenge to take care of feelings of burnout, detachment, and despair."