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Windhorse: free books for prisons

On Thu, 7 December, 2017 - 12:29
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Giulietta Spudich writes from Triratna publishers Windhorse Publications with news of their work with prisons.

“Recently, we wrote on our blog regarding Windhorse Publications’ efforts to send Dharma books to prisoners. In response, we received this warm message: 

“Just a quick note to let you know how delighted and impressed I am with your generosity towards prisoners. I am Buddhist prison chaplain at HMPs Elmley and Standford Hill, and cover for Maidstone, Rochester and Swaleside. I am constantly aware of the wonderful, positive effect Buddhism is making to their lives. It is contributions like yours that make such a difference. Thank you so much!” – Clive

(HMP is a British acronym standing for ‘Her Majesty’s Prison’.)

On request, our Publishing Controller, Michelle, sends free Windhorse Publications books and written replies to prisoners. The gratitude with which they receive them is touching. These books and letters enhance their lives, and in a place where there is a lot of time for reflection, they can find greater self awareness and understanding through the Dharma.

Sangharakshita’s books are particularly highlighted in these letters from prisoners:

‘I discovered a few books by Sangharakshita and it feels like I have ‘come home’, so to speak. So far, Buddhism has come very naturally to me and has brought out the ‘nice’ side of me that I thought was gone forever.’ Prisoner, HMP Littlehey, UK

‘I enjoy your books from the author Sangharakshita. I have two of his books and would like more if possible. Living Ethically and What is the Dharma are the two that I have. Thank you for your patience and time.’ Prisoner, Corcoran State Prison, California, USA

‘Thank you so much for your kind gift of the book on meditation. It will be used to great effect. I don’t think you know just how much of a blessing you are!’ Prisoner, HMP Whitemoor, UK

Being able to help people with the Dharma in the form of the written word brings great meaning to our efforts in publishing and distributing books. We are lucky to be providing something precious to prisoners, which helps them in their reflections and lives.”

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dh sthanashraddha's picture

Dear Giulietta, 

it was very good to read your piece on Dharma books for Prisons, which I was also able to read to Bhante. 

I have personally replied over the years to several prisoners while I was living at Padmaloka but also more recently here at Adhisthana. I wonder how set up you are to receive more requests? I am sure myself and others at centres across the world are happy enough to respond individually (I’ve found it one of those truly satisfying Dharma moments in life), though certainly I’ve found myself scrabbling around for a book that might be suitable as a starting point etc, might you be open to ‘referrals’ as it were?

with much appreciation for all of windhorse’s great work, and with metta, 


Vajracaksu's picture

Ahhh, how heart warming, excellent work! :)

Kind wishes


Amalajoti's picture

Dear Giulietta,

Thanks so much for sharing this creative offering of the Dharma to people in need of positive possibility of change…

So heartwarming to hear the effects it’s having…quite wonderful!

with much appreciation & metta,


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