Zen Peacemaker Affiliate - Prison Outreach
Engaged Buddhist Alliance
Using the Buddha’s Teachings to Break the cycle of incarceration
Providing college-level classes on Buddhism to incarcerated individuals in eight southern California state prisons.

We employ a contemplative pedagogy that includes critical as well as experiential learning.  The EBA serves as a hub to coordinate the efforts of member organizations working in California prisons and jails.  We are working towards college accreditation for the classes we offer and are exploring with our member organizations how to offer reentry services. We do offer occasional reentry guidance to some of our students.

Through the Buddhist understanding of interdependence, we see the over 2.4 million people incarcerated in the U.S. today as a manifestation of collective suffering and injustice. Based on this awareness we feel compelled to act out of compassion.  According to a study published in 2013  by the Rand Corporation, incarcerated individuals who engage in education programs lower their odds of recidivism by 43%.  The study also showed that for every dollar spent on prison education, five dollars were saved in future incarceration costs.

Project Launch Date: January 1, 2013
How can people help? You can help us break the cycle of incarceration. Here is how: https://engagedbuddhistalliance.org/donate/
For more information: info@engagedbuddhistalliance.org
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Engaged Buddhist Alliance
Rosemead, California, USA