Volunteers for La Tuna Prison Dharma Project - President's Letter
For the past 3 years, CTBCC has been providing “ministry” to the Buddhist inmates at two prisons in the area. We began in 2014 at Otero County Prison and in 2016 we were asked to provide inmates at La Tuna Federal Prison with services, as well.
At La Tuna, there are currently 5-7 inmates that are interested in studying and receiving Buddhist teachings. Longtime sangha member and practitioner, Linda Hains, has led these sessions for the past 2 years. Initially, there were several CTBCC members that volunteered to assist Linda, however, due to a lengthy approval process, volunteers were not able to begin as planned.
We now need your help! At this time we are asking for anyone that might be interested in participating in this project at La Tuna to contact Linda Hains as soon as possible. You can send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward it to her. Because this is a federal prison, they require an extensive background check and orientation process. They also require that volunteers be american citizens. They have informed us that they will be holding the next orientation for volunteers on May 5th at 5pm.
Sangha members interested in participating/attending must contact us as soon as possible so that arrangements can be made, if desired, for the group to go together to La Tuna for the orientation. Linda will also be meeting with interested persons to decide what days and how often you will be going to the prison to provide practice for the inmates.
As other sangha members can attest, this is truly a rewarding experience. You will be practicing generosity through giving of the Dharma (which is the greatest practice of generosity), and benefiting these inmates that seek to transform their lives...transforming their minds. This is a great act of compassion! If you feel that you are not very knowledgeable of Buddhist practice and philosophy but feel a calling to participate, perhaps you can assist someone with more experience. Please let us know and we can talk to you about this.
What a precious opportunity for our Center to provide services to our community! Isn't this what our practice is all about?
We hope to hear from you...
Many blessings to all,
Helga Carrion and
CTBCC Board members