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Jail Dharma | Lion’s Roar


Probably the most rewarding facet of our work at Lion’s Roar is with the ability to attain out to those that are trying to find the dharma, who search deeper understanding of themselves and the world, and who hope to make a distinction. 

To the best extent doable, we need to allow everybody to have entry to the teachings of the Buddha. We exist with a view to help individuals on their path. And whether or not it’s by way of donating, subscribing, contributing teachings and different content material, promoting in our publications, or another type of help, we exist due to you, our massive and constant Lion’s Roar group.

One current venture that has impressed and enriched all of us at Lion’s Roar is our Jail Dharma venture. Life in jail isn’t simple, and entry to the dharma, working to grasp one’s coronary heart, thoughts, and path, is restricted. People who find themselves incarcerated don’t have entry to the web, so for a few years, Lion’s Roar has offered free print subscriptions to jail libraries and particular person residents. Nevertheless, till lately, our attain was restricted to those that contacted us to request materials.

With the assistance of assorted jail chaplains and volunteer organizations, we’ve often been capable of make bulk shipments of magazines to increase our attain (and save on delivery prices, which may be excessive). Nonetheless, even at our most profitable, we had been beforehand solely capable of ship just a few hundred copies into the jail system every year. 

Then within the spring of 2023, considered one of our jail dharma buddies instructed us a few nonprofit group referred to as Edovo that makes content material obtainable in prisons on devoted tablets which can be obtainable at many correctional establishments. The tablets should not linked to the web however are up to date commonly. Lion’s Roar examined a small quantity of content material on the Edovo studying platform to see if there was curiosity. The take a look at was an awesome success, and by October 2023 we started importing extra content material.

Within the 9 months since our content material has been obtainable inside correctional establishments, virtually 10,000 individuals in 338 establishments have learn Lion’s Roar and Buddhadharma magazines and our particular guides. And so they’re not simply searching—it seems that the dharma we’re sharing is of nice curiosity. Altogether, they’ve learn virtually 2 million pages of our work.

It’s gratifying to know that we might help help individuals in jail on their path, and it’s gratifying to know that this work has such help from the Lion’s Roar group. How can we convey the depth of our thanks for such help?

All we are able to do is proceed. We’ll proceed to make use of our restricted assets as skillfully as we are able to with a view to attain as many individuals as doable, wherever they’re of their lives. We’ll proceed to evolve and face new challenges, meet new individuals in new methods, give a platform to new lecturers, and attain out to new communities who’re looking for the dharma. 

And we’ll proceed to do all of this with help from you, our loyal Lion’s Roar group.

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