Prison Program

The Prison Sangha

Lama Padma, along with several members of Chagdud Gonpa Amrita, regularly travel to the Washington State Reformitory (high security) and the Twin Rivers Unit (medium security) in Monroe, Washington. These are both medium-security facilities operated by the Washington Department of Corrections.

Both prisons have active Buddhist communities with men from many traditions. Lama Padma has been their teacher for more than nine years. The prison sanghas are supported by our community with money, books, volunteers, and other dharma items.

If you are interested in joining Lama Padma as he teaches in the prisons, please contact the office at (206) 546-8095. The prison requires an extensive application and a one-day training session for all volunteers. We will be happy to get your application started!

Annual Prison Events

Once or twice a year the men of the prison sangha are permitted to invite others to attend a banquet inside the prison. No training is required to attend, however a short application with some background information must be submitted in advance. Once again, please contact the office for more information.

  • Long Life Prayer for H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche Yangsi

    Master Padmasambhava, embodiment of the Three Roots; Tangtong Gyalpo and others who were prophesized by the dakinis; and all the hosts of immortal vidyadharas – grant now the accomplishment of an indestructible life. Mastering the inexhaustible sky-like treasure trove of ripening and liberating teachings of the early translation school, the very heart of the Buddha’s doctrine, may this youthful sun – the supreme emanation who propagates virtue and excellence in the lotus garden of the teachings and beings – have a long life.

    May the blessings of the ocean-like victorious ones of the Three Jewels and the activities of the oath bound ones, dharma protectors and guardians, ensure that his lotus feet stand firmly in the vajra teachings and that the mantle of his ocean-like enlightened activities spread far and wide.

    Long Life Prayer in Pecha Format - PDF

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