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Author: GaryNAllen

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Web: http://www.ratnaprisoninitiative.org

Gary Allen lives in Boulder, Colorado, and works as the Education Director of the Ratna Prison Initiative. He has two degrees in Writing & Poetics from Naropa University, worked for many years as a secretary to the poet Allen Ginsberg, &, while still a student, first began teaching in prisons in 1990 as a creative writing teacher. He lived for five years in South Korea, teaching English & traveling around Asia. He's been involved with the Shambhala community for 30 years, and regularly directs Shambhala Training weekends, in Colorado and around the US. The author of two books of poetry--The Missionary Who Forgot His Name & Love Strolls Among Its Own Fires--he's currently four years into writing a biography of the Indian tantric mahasiddha Tilopa.

Nov 11

Walking the Tiger’s Path

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Sergeant Kendel with Iraqi children

Sergeant Kendel with Iraqi children

In 2005 Sergeant Paul Kendel, an American Georgia National Guardsman stationed in Iraq, disillusioned with the American mission and with the aggression starting to overwhelm his military unit, began email contact with Margot Neuman, executive director of the Ratna Prison Initiative. The Dot eventually excerpted some of their emails, which later became teaching material for Pema Chodron and Shambhala President, Richard Reoch, in their “Practicing Peace in Times of War” programs and Pema’s book of the same name. Continue…

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Ratna Prison Initiative Develops Program for Veterans with PTSD
Ratna Prison Initiative Develops Program for Veterans with PTSD
no responses - Posted 03.15.09
The Ratna Prison Initiative (RPI) is currently developing a secular meditation program for combat veterans, a significant percentage of whom are incarcerated.  It is our intention to work with incarcerated vets and to use that as a bridge to the veteran population in general. We have just ...continue
What is the Ratna Prison Initiative?
What is the Ratna Prison Initiative?
1 response - Posted 02.20.09
With 2.2 million people incarcerated in the US and a 60-70% recidivism rate, the fate of criminals impacts us all, though we may not realize it ourselves until we become more directly victimized. Before that happens, Ratna Prison Initiative tries to replace active ignorance of ...continue

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