- Living Buddhist Masters: This 1983 classic written by Spirit Rock co-founder, Jack Kornfield is worth tracking down. (I just discovered it myself.) The lessons from the Southeast Asian buddhist monks covered in this 1980’s book stand the test of time.
- Court program helps women turn their lives around: This amazing LA County program is yet another example of the efficacy of treatment & education. In the middle of the mid-term elections most U.S. politicians prefer to boast about their support for prisons and punishment. So it’s easy to forget that many effective rehabilitation programs exist (Bo Lozoff’s Prison Ashram Project is another great program).
Women facing a return to state prison for nonviolent felonies plead guilty and enter treatment instead. Most are going on to lead crime-free lives.
- Insight Prison Project: Focused primarily in San Quentin, the Insight Prison Project seems like a larger-scale version of a program run by the SF Zen Center. They both reminded me of Bo Lozoff’s Prison Ashram Project, which is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary!
- Irish Anger: Ireland has had just about the hardest hit economy over the past few years, it’s sovereign bonds now viewed very unfavorably by foreign investors. But while the French hit the streets and Americans hold a Tea Party, you don’t hear of protests coming out of the Irish. But suffering and anger are widespread, as this excellent BBC audio documentary shows: