“Teaching Mindfulness in a Maximum Security Prison,” April 4, 2021

The Touchstones Theme for April is Meditation. On April 4, Rev. Tony Bernhard speaks on “Teaching Mindfulness in a Maximum Security Prison.” In 2012, inmates receiving mental health services at Folsom Prison were offered the opportunity to learn mindfulness meditation practice. Rev. Tony works with prisoners in the general population and also with men who are being held in solitary because they’ve been judged as too dangerous to be allowed in the presence of another human being unmanacled. Let’s hear how it went.

Rev. Tony Bernhard is a Buddhist chaplain and teacher. Although his active practice with inmates in Folsom Prison has been paused by the pandemic, he still hosts Zoom sitting groups in Davis and several venues around the Bay Area and Central Valley. His practice is non-traditional, guided by his prison chaplaincy work, by his teaching, and by his study of the early Pali scriptures. Rev. Tony is also a frequent guest speaker at Coastside Vipassana in Pacifica.

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