IBS Prison Program

世界上沒有所謂的壞人,

但有一時的無明犯錯的人。
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.

International Bodhisattva Sangha (IBS) started 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 prisons about Buddhism, meditation, and the right way of life. Through Dharma education, many inmates found their inner peace and spiritual comfort.

截至2017年年中, 菩薩寺前往加州,俄勒岡,華盛頓和安大略省(加拿大多倫多)佈教的監獄共有33所. 巳經成立的監獄圖書館共有21所. 我們計劃在2017年的其餘時間再設置20多個佛教圖書館。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 mid-2017, IBS has been visiting 33 state prisons California, Oregon, Washington, and Ontario (Toronto, Canada). We are planning to setup 20 more dharma libraries for the rest of 2017.  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 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

 

 

 


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October, up North Prison Program

October 5, 2017

IBS Upcoming Prison Program

International Bodhisattva Sangha (IBS) would like to express our gratitude to the kind assistance from all of you to helping with our prison program.

The schedule for our upcoming trip is as follows:

10-6. North Kern SP (confirmed)

10-7 Wasco SP (confirmed)

10-8 Corcoran SATF (confirmed)

10-10 SALINAS Valley SP (confirmed)

10-11 CA Health Care Facility (confirmed)

10-12 Mule Creek SP

10-13 (AM) Folsom SP

10-13 (PM) CA-SP Sacramento (confirmed)

10-15 Valley SP (confirmed)

10-16 Chowchilla Women Facility (confirmed)

10-17 CA Men’s Colony (confirmed)

10-18 Norco SP (confirmed)

10-19 Chino Institution for Women (confirmed)

IN THE PAST, WE COULD ONLY AFFORD TO GO ON SUCH A LONG TRIP QUARTERLY. WITH THE KIND SUPPORT FROM OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS, WE NOW CAN MAKE IT HAPPENING EVERY OTHER MONTH.

On this trip, we will be delivering more Buddha statues, Dharma instruments, and reading materials to the newly established sanghas.

IBS’ main mission is to bring hope and provide second chances to all of the incarcerated brothers and sisters in the iron temples. As such, we sincerely thank those who have contributed the support and assistance that have enabled these meaningful activities to be possible. Any donation will be gratefully accepted and deeply appreciated. To make a donation, please contact the following sources:

IBS

9715 Carroll Center Rd.

Suite #105 San Diego, CA 92126

(619) 450-3699

Email address: zhongibs@hotmail.com

Make check payable to IBS or click on the link below for donation via PayPal:

 

http://www.ibstemple.org/donate

IBS Prison Program

August 10, 2017

Today I would like to introduce one of the former students of IBS Prison Sangha. His name is Christopher Wagner, one of the good Buddhist practitioners in the Iron Temple. After 17 years of his retreat in the Iron Temple, he is a free man again. He took three refuges and 5 precepts a long time ago and became a vegetarian. He visited the IBS Temple in San Diego to give his thanks for supporting him during his retreat in the Iron Temple. I think the credit goes to all our supporters and volunteers. Here he would like to share how he met IBS in prison and what kind of changes he had.

This is IBS Prison Program’s first video of interviewing a brother. I hope that you share it with your friends and those who have been part of this program. Also, don’t forget to drop a comment. IBS would like to share more videos and articles about how Buddhism really benefiting them during their incarceration. Again, thanks for being part of this meaningful program.  Amituofo

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