Prison Chaplaincy Guidelines for Zen Buddhism: A Sourcebook for Prison Chaplains, Administrators, and Security Personnel

The Buddhist Channel, June 5, 2006

This new book is intended to provide valid information to prisoners, correctional and judicial professionals about the practices of Zen Buddhism in prisons and jails. Zen is one of many schools in the Buddhist traditions; it is not the only one.

The information presented here is primarily about Zen but can serve to illustrate, in a general sense, Buddhist practice in prison.

The example of liturgy and descriptions of monastic practices contained herein, however, are representative of a Rinzai Zen Buddhist sect and do not necessarily mirror those of other Buddhist sects.

Terms used throughout this book originated in the Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, and Japanese languages. No attempt has been made to provide in-depth definitions of these terms other than their usage relative to this text.

Buddhism is growing at a phenomenal rate in American prisons, and this trend can be expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

The main thrust of this book is to help foster the ability of prisoners to engage in contemplative spiritual practice while incarcerated. The Engaged Zen Foundation welcome comments and feedback from correctional professionals about their experience with Buddhist prisoners.

The Engaged Zen Foundation is happy to provide assistance to correctional departments and prisoners on a case-by-case basis.

Paperback: 88 pages
Publisher: Engaged Zen Foundation (May 11, 2006)
ISBN: 096777750X $14.95 (USD) S&H-domestic $3.50 (USD)