Prison-Ashram Project

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The Prison-Ashram Project, now administered by Human Kindness Foundation, was started in 1973 by Bo and Sita Lozoff, in cooperation with Ram Dass, to encourage convicts to use meditation and other spiritual teachings, turning their prison time into an ashram-like experience.[1] "Ashram" is a Sanskrit word meaning "House of God."

Bo and Sita Lozoff were the directors of Prison-Ashram Project for decades, giving workshops in prisons throughout the world and answering up to 100 letters per day.[2] Bo retired from the project in 2011; Sita now leads the project, along with a board of directors.[3][non-primary source needed]

The Prison-Ashram Project has a sister project in England, The Prison Phoenix Trust, which offers yoga and meditation to prisoners in the UK and Ireland.[4]

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  1. ^ Catalfo, Phil (December 2001). "2001 Karma Yoga Awards". Yoga Journal: 87. Retrieved July 2014. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "Turning Prisons into Ashrams". New Renaissance Magazine. 5 (3). Archived from the original on 2014-07-24. Retrieved July 2014. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2011-01-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Dougherty, Sarah Belle (June–July 2005). "Adventuring in Brotherhood: The Human Kindness Foundation". Sunrise magazine. Theosophical University Press. Retrieved July 2014. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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