Meditation in Prison

Prisoner grasping bars

Meditation is being taught in prisons throughout the world every day. We have a desire to bring people into the fruits of meditation (inner peace, joy, and clarity) amid the terrible circumstances of prison life. Those who bring the teaching of meditation to prisoners feel it is a special grace and privilege, and prisoners report how powerfully meditation helps them to transform the negative and oppressive aspects of their lives into a new liberty of spirit.

“Meditation is our response to that call from the deepest center of our awakened consciousness…”
-John Main

Experience has shown that meditation in prison is more sustainable for inmates if it is introduced as part of a pre-existing program such as religious studies or restorative programs. By sharing their prison meditation experiences and by encouraging the inmates to do the same, WCCM members can create a network that strengthens everyone’s personal meditation practice.