IBS Prison Program



There are no any bad people in this world but there
are people who make mistake out of ignorance.

古語云: 人誰無過, 過而能改, 善莫大焉.

菩薩寺從1995年開始從事監獄佈教活動. 在2006年正式成立為州立政府核淮的非牟利慈善團體.宗旨是將佛陀珍貴的教法傳送到鐵圍內被人遺棄的法友們. 希望透過講授與聽聞佛法,讓他們能夠獲得身心的平靜與精神的安慰.

The International Bodhisattva Sangha (IBS) began the Prison Program since 1995.  IBS was formally established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in November 2006.  One of our main goals is to educate inmates in the state prions about Buddhism, meditation and the right way of life.  Through dharma education, many inmates found their inner peace and spiritual comfort.

直至目前為止, 菩薩寺前往佈教的監獄共有8所 函授的監獄共有7所. 巳經成立的監獄圖書館共有21所. 展望將來在各方熱心人士護持下,能夠在加州36所監獄內均成立佛教圖書館. 讓受刑人士有机會學習佛法.

As of now, IBS has been visiting 22 state prisons in California and has been conducting Dharma classes in all of them. 82 Buddhist libraries has been set up in all of the 22 prisons.  With the help of passionate supporters, IBS is planning to set up libraries in all 36 state prisons in California in the future.

菩薩寺是一個小團體, 一切經費來源自各方善心人士捐贈. 由於你的慷慨解囊, 讓我們有更多机會去幫助受刑人士來改過自新. 使他們有勇氣再面對社會.做一個有貢獻者.

IBS is a small organization, and all the funding comes from generous donations from our supporters.  With your generous gift, we will have more opportunity to reach more inmates with our prison program, giving them strength and courage on their path in becoming a contributor to the community when they are released.

為了能夠順利推行監獄佈教各項活動, 菩薩寺成立一個每月$10捐贈運動. 有意參與者, 請按這裡.

IBS introduced a $10 Monthly Donation Program for anyone who would like to support the activities included in the Prison Program.  If you would like to make a donation, please press CLICK HERE.

連絡地址 / Contact Information:

International Bodhisattva Sangha (IBS)
9715 Carroll Centre Road Suite #105
San Diego, CA 92126, USA

Shirley Tam (Secretary)
Telephone: +1 619 450 3699
FAX: +1 858 484 1889
E-mail: ibs@ibstemple.org





Graduation Ceremony at DVI

October 5, 2016

DVI holds first Buddhist education graduation ceremony

From left, Buddhist volunteers Jamyang Dorjay, Chan Chung Chun, Tsering Motep and Shirley Tam work with inmates.

By Lt. Christene Zoucha, AA/Public Information Officer
Deuel Vocational Institution

Volunteers from the International Bodhisattva Sanga (IBS) – Buddhist Education Program (Tsering Motep, Jamyang Dorjay, Shirley Tam, Chan Chung Chun) hosted a graduation banquet at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) to celebrate the completion of the year-long program.

The IBS – Buddhism Education program includes regular on-site classes, formation of inmates into a “sangha” (community of mutual supporters), and provision of a Buddhist library in each prison/yard.  Students are instructed in Buddhist teachings, including methods for calming the mind and generating compassion for all beings including themselves.  They are encouraged to help others and to take advantage of the Buddhist library. Classes are led primarily by an ordained monk, Tsering Motep.

The Buddhist Education Program offered by IBS was awarded to several CDCR adult facilities as part of the CDCR Innovative Grant Program which began in June 2015.  Thirteen inmates consistently attended the six bi-monthly classes offered by the volunteer instructors.

Meetings were held from June 2015 to June 2016.   Warden Jerome Price, Community Resources Manager Martina Virrey, and Staff Sponsor Terri Gillam attended the celebration.

“The program provides a very positive alternative to the daily challenges of prison operation.  The inmates were active participants in the program, enthusiastic and engaging,” said Warden Price. “There was a noticeable improvement in attitudes, maturity and tolerance for diversity from all in the group.  I highly recommend this program and I am very proud that DVI was selected.”

Warden Price thanked the IBS for their generous donation of time and religious prayer mats, as well as other religious literature for the library and the chapel libraries.

The IBS volunteers made a commitment to continue to volunteer and facilitate the Buddhist education program at DVI.  This program is also provided at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, Calipatria State Prison, Centinela State Prison, California Institution for Men, CSP-Los Angeles County, California Correctional Institution, Sierra Conservation Center, California Medical Facility, Valley State Prison, Central California Women’s Facility, Substance Abuse Treatment Facility, CSP-Corcoran, Salinas Valley State Prison, Correctional Training Facility, Pleasant Valley State Prison, North Kern State Prison, Kern Valley State Prison, California Health Care Facility and Wasco State Prison.

From left, Jamyang Dorjay, Shirley Tam, Warden Jerome Price, Tsering Motep, sponsor Terri Gillam and Chan Chung Chun pose with the graduates.

Buddhist Monk Visits Two Washington Prisons

September 21, 2016

By Darla DePew

Olympic Corrections Center


From left to right: Washington State Buddhist representative from Seattle Shirely Tam, Olympic Corrections Center Chaplain Jerome Bowers, Buddhist monk Tsering Motup, Prison Coordinator for Buddhists from California Chung Chun Chan. (Photo courtesy of Olympic Corrections Center)

FORKS – Buddhist Monk Tsering Motup recently visited two Washington Department of Corrections prisons. Motup traveled from International Bodhisattva Sangha in San Diego, California on Saturday, Aug. 6 to meet with incarcerated Buddhist followers at Olympic Corrections Center (OCC) in Forks and the Monroe Correctional Complex (MCC) in Monroe.

During his visit Motup met with inmates, prison staff, and visiting members of area Buddhist groups to talk about teachings of the Buddhist faith. His topics included the Five Precepts of Buddhism and the Noble Eightfold Path.

The Five Precepts are no killing, no stealing, no lying, no sexual misconduct, and no intoxicants. He talked about the Eightfold Path, considered to be one of the key teachings in Buddhism, according to the Secular Buddhist Association . Its concept encourages Buddhists to see life realistically without delusions, and focuses on self-restraint, discipline, and practicing mindfulness. Additionally, he answered inmate and visitor questions about the Buddhist faith.

“We were honored to be chosen as one of two institutions Tsering Motup and his team visited while in the State of Washington,” said Jerome Bowers, OCC chaplain. “They were warmly greeted and appreciated by our population.”


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