Ordinary Zen Goes To Jail

In March of this year, I was offered a wonderful opportunity to share the benefits of Zen Meditation with the general population at the Sarasota County Jail.  I asked Sangha member Judy Rosemarin to join me and she has been generously donating her time each Thursday morning for an hour of sitting and sharing the Dharma with inmates (alternating weeks between male and female).  It all started April 5th with the male inmates. Every week, we convert a small classroom into a Zendo and dive into being present and learning how to meditate. This has been a humbling and profound experience for me and I look forward to each week.  My hope is that our time together provides an opportunity for change and awakening for all involved. I am learning a lot from the “inmates” and my commitment to the Dharma has deepened. Aren’t we all inmates of our own making? What does freedom really look like? Can you tell me?

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