Update on the Ratna Peace Initiative


As reported by Boulder Shambhala Center Member, Tania Leontov

The Ratna Peace Initiative, which teaches Buddhism and mindfulness meditation in prisons nationwide, is known to many sangha members because they have both supported the program and volunteered to work with inmates. We have some really good news.

First, all our programs (prisoners and veterans) are now integrated under our new name, Mindfulness Peace Project (Community Member Mary Sweet has designed a vivid new website)

Second, We have hired Tania Leontov as our new Managing Director.

Third, impressed by the success of our prisoner program, the Colorado Department of Corrections has requested that we develop a secular mindfulness program for people in Solitary Confinement to be broadcast to all Colorado prisons with solitary units. You probably all have heard about the terrible results of this kind of punishment – increasing psychosis and suicides.

And last and very exciting, the Huffington Post has sponsored our Veterans Peace of Mind program for a CrowdRise event as a program which could change the world. Join us Here.


3 thoughts on “Update on the Ratna Peace Initiative

  1. I am a Buddhist practitioner and would like to support those persons who are on death row and do whatever I can to end capital punishment in the United States. Do you have any websites or information that could help me?

  2. Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual
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  3. I am an x- offender that just completed 2 year’s of parole after 10 years of incarceration. Gary Allen had helped me through the courses, ” the myth of freedom ” & ” make your mind an ally “. The practice of these & mediation, has helped me immensely to understand & stay “” free” ,not getting caught up in old behaviours. I am also a veteran, & I could see the benefit that this guidance could have on my brothers. Thank you! Jin Soen .

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