Dharma Prison Outreach Program

Dharma Friends Prison
Outreach Project
 is under the
umbrella of our non-profit
helps to support and promote
those efforts that benefit the
most forgotten and most
disenfranchised in our world. All
of our projects support the
teaching and development of
compassion as the most
effective tool to bring healing to
the world.      

Please visit their  website at  http://dharmafriendsprisonoutreachproject.com/  Compassion Works

for All
Dharma Friends Prison Outreach Project offers to 
* Free Dharma Friends newsletters – Offering  commentaries,
meditations, teachings in physical, emotional, ethical, and spiritual growth
that can be applied to everyday life and which strengthen the practice of
each individual’s own religion.
* Free donated books
* Support and counsel
* A caring community
* Guidance during life transitions for those leaving prison and for those
going to their executiions.

We offer to the community…
Dharma Friends newsletter free by EMAIL if you give a $30 or more
donation, or by subscription ($30 per year) for hard copy

We want especially for those connected to people in prison to know we
are here to support them too. Compassion Works for All is a
welcoming community and we know how hard it is to deal with a
society that is disenfranchising and unaccepting of your loved one.

* Two books written by Anna Cox – all profits financially support
Dharma Friends Prison Outreach Project:
Just As The Breeze Blows Through Moonlight,
a Buddhist story of life transformation: $23;
Dharma Friends: No One Abandoned, No One Forgotten, No
One Discarded
, life stories of healing in prisons along with Anna Cox’s
commentaries on healing those who have been lost to society: $23

* Educational talks and workshops that bring awareness to the
community that education, healing and emotional support can help solve
the issues of violence and crime in our country.   


Buddhist statues in Kempsville patiently await a new location // Dong Hung Buddhist Education Center Virgina Beach USA

By Irene Bowers
Virginian-Pilot correspondent

Oblivious to Kempsville Road construction behind them, three deities grace the Kempsville residence of a Buddhist monk, awaiting transfer to a new temple location. (Irene Bowers for The Virginian-Pilot)

© March 10, 2011

The picture of patience, these statues keep their backs to bustling construction at the former Pony League baseball fields on Kempsville Road.

Cheers of the crowd and errant baseballs once rained upon them in this Buddhist meditative garden, but city improvements put change in the air. The ball fields have been razed to make way for a park and storm water pond; the statues will wait by the water.

Following the contentious loss of a Pungo residence, used as a place of worship, Buddhist monk T. Chuc Thanh and the Dong Hung Temple statues returned to Kempsville to await a new location.

Amitabha Buddha is one of a trio of figures, peering peacefully beyond the excavator’s reach.

“Amitabha is the bodhisattva associated with the pure land, with awakening,” Thanh explained. “People ask us where our temple is. I tell them, ‘It is in the sky! We are waiting for it to land.’ ”


UPDATE ON DONG HUNG TEMPLE IN VIRGINA BEACH USA//Va. Beach monks get permanent place to worship


Va. Beach monks get permanent place to worship | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com.

By Deirdre Fernandes
The Virginian-Pilot
© April 13, 2011


A small community of Buddhist monks has been looking for serenity and permanency in Virginia Beach for almost four years.

The monks think they’ve found it in Kempsville.

Unlike the group’s previous home in rural Pungo, this site is surrounded by businesses and apartments, buffered by trees, and should not cause any conflicts with neighbors, said Jack Whitney, the city’s planning director.

On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved a permit to allow the monks to use the land off Davis Street as a religious facility. The vote was in stark contrast to the more contentious discussions that the council has had about the monks in the past.

Chuc Thanh said he felt “relief.” Dressed in a brown robe, he posed for photos outside the City Council chambers with elated congregation members and some of the city’s planning staff.

The monks with the Buddhist Education Center of America had to move out of their home in Pungo in 2009 after a bank foreclosed on their property. But their Pungo home had been at the center of controversy prior to the move.

The monks held festivals and prayer services at the house, causing neighbors to complain about traffic. City Council members denied the monks a permit to hold religious services in that home, and the monks contested the decision in a federal lawsuit claiming that Virginia Beach had violated their religious freedoms.

The council and the monks eventually settled the suit, but financial problems led to foreclosure. Since then, the monks have used a temporary location near Town Center.

The monks haven’t finalized the purchase of the Kempsville property and wanted to make sure that the council approved their permit first, said Nancy Miller, their real estate agent.

The congregation can now focus on fundraising and make plans for its new home, she said.

“We were gypsies,” Miller said. “We will have a home.”

Dong Hung Buddhist Education Center

Dong Hung Buddhist Education Center

Help build a new temple!

History of Dong Hung Temple

by Phap Trung

The  Dong Hung Temple is a religious institution dedicated to serving followers of the Mahayana tradition of Zen Buddhist practiced in Vietnam.

This Zen sect is based mostly on meditation, applying the strict rules and discipline(Sila and vinaya) as principles, and using the Pure Land tradition (Sukha’ vati), together with meditation practice, as the foundation for cultivating one’s virtue and wisdom.

Prologue – A Brief History about Dong Hung

Dong Hung temple in Virginia Beach, VA is officially known as the Buddhist Education Center of America, Inc. It is named after another Pagoda in the district 2 of Sai Gon City, in South Vietnam – namely To Dinh Dong Hung, which literally translated to the Ancestral Temple Dong Hung.  The temple’s name was chosen to commemorate the Founding Fathers – the Venerable Bhikkhu Thich Buu Chi who built, and the Venerable Bhikkhu Thich Hanh Tru who succeeded his Master in the maintaining and renovating processes throughout its history.


International Bodhisattva Sangha (IBS)

International Bodhisattva Sangha (IBS) has been doing prison visitation programs in California for many years. There are hundreds of inmates in the prisons willing to learn and practice the Buddha Dharma. IBS only visits once a month to help and offer the Dharma, but once a month is not sufficient to teach enough information about Buddhism for their daily practice. We did some research about their practices, and it brought us more insight about how to benefit the practitioners. They desperately need library materials.

Therefore IBS trying to set up a library in each yard of different state prisons that will be beneficial for those practitioners. If you have any Buddhist books, CDs, DVDs or Buddhist magazines and would like to donate them for the prison library, please contact us.
Thank You,

International Bodhisattva Sangha
12584 Sora Way
San Diego CA 92129
Phone: 1+619-450-3699
Fax: 1+858-484-1889
E-mail: zhongibs@hotmail.com



The Sanghapala Foundation


“The mission of the Sanghapala Foundation is to foster the teachings of the Buddha by supporting Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery and, in accordance with the precepts of theVinaya, to act as financial stewards for the resident Sangha.”

The Sanghapala Foundation is a nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductable as allowed by law. The Sanghapala Foundation is the steward organization for Abhayagiri; all donations go exclusively towards the building, maintenance, programs, publications and support of Abhayagiri monastery.

Burma Global Action Network /&/ Support the Monks’ Protest in Burma

Burma Global Action Network (BGAN) is dedicated to the promotion of the struggle for justice and democracy in Burma, operating in conjunction with other, more established groups. Founded in the wake of the 2007 monk-led anti-government protests by creating the Facebook group “Support the Monks’ Protest in Burma”, BGAN has initiated and organized various actions designed to raise public awareness about the situation in Burma and put pressure governments and other stakeholders to take action on Burmese issues.

The core executive of BGAN is comprised of moderators from our highly successful Facebook group, “Support the Monks’ Protest in Burma.” This platform was established in late September, 2007, to raise awareness of the monk-led anti-government protests. It soon became an unqualified success: at its peak, it had nearly 500,000 members, and united disparate individuals and organizations around the globe working together for the goal of a free Burma. In conjunction with the Burma Campaign UK, Canadian Friends of Burma, the US Campaign for Burma and Avaaz.org, as well as countless local partners, a Global Day of Action for Burma was held on October 6, 2007, in cities worldwide. The London demonstration alone had more than 10,000 participants; tens of thousands participated in events worldwide. It remains one of the largest simultaneous events coordinated primarily over the internet, and can be a considered a significant milestone in the history of internet activism for its novel usage of social networking technology.

BGAN also coordinated a global day of action with the emphasis on freeing Burma’s political prisoners. “Aung San Suu Kyi Day” was held on October 24, 2007, which marked the date on which Aung San Suu Kyi  had spent 12 years under house arrest.

Our most significant user-uploaded media campaign is the website Don’t Forget Burma. Designed to combat the lull in Burma-related coverage in the international media following the crackdown on demonstrators in October, Don’t Forget Burma was designed as a viral campaign where concerned citizens can upload messages of support for the Burmese cause and try to keep Burma in the media spotlight and public consciousness.

BGAN also launched a campaign urging consumers to boycott oil companies Chevron and Total, and encouraging those companies to divest of their substantial assets in the country, which provide a direct pipeline of support to the military dictatorship at the expense of the Burmese people.



Tim Aye Hardy

Sophie Lwin

Imran Jamal


The Arogya Foundation for the Disabled

The Arogya Foundation for the Disabled


The Arogya Foundation for the Disabled was born to support disabled people in Sri Lanka enables people with disabilities to improve their life skills. Founded three years ago, the Foundation continues to render their service all over the country and nearly 150 patients have been received necessary medical equipments such as crutches, walking sticks, wheel chairs, etc. The Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded by Rev Unapana Ariyadhamma Thero and registered in Sri Lanka in year 2008.

For more information please visit official blog http://www.arogyafoundation.org/

Tzu Chi

Tzu Chi

In 1966, Dharma Master Cheng Yen established the Tzu Chi Foundation in Hualien, on the east coast of Taiwan. With the spirit of self-discipline, diligence, frugality, and perseverance, Tzu Chi set out to help the poor and relieve suffering. Over time, the foundation’s mission started with Charity and extended into Medicine, Education, and Humanistic Culture. Tzu Chi originated in the remote Hualien area and expanded to all five major continents of the world with chapters and offices in 47 countries. Tzu Chi provides aid to over 69 nations. Its volunteers selflessly contribute through a mindset of gratitude, expressing their sincerest care and support to each and every individual in need.

The shared goal of Tzu Chi volunteers is to cultivate sincerity, integrity, faith, and honesty within while exercising kindness, compassion, joy, and selflessness to humanity through concrete actions. Transcending the bounds of race, nationality, language, and religion, they serve the world under the notion that “when others are hurting, we feel their pain; when others suffer, we feel their sorrow”. Not only do the volunteers endeavor to promote the universal value of “Great Love,” they also fully employ the humanitarian spirit of Chinese culture to its utmost. Tzu Chi Foundation’s “Four Major Missions” consist of Charity, Medicine, Education, and Humanity. Furthermore, considering ongoing efforts in Bone Marrow Donation, Environmental Protection, Community Volunteerism, and International Relief, these eight concurrent campaigns are collectively known as “Tzu Chi’s Eight footprints”

Tzu Chi Home Page

Dharamsala Animal Rescue

Dharamsala Animal Rescue


We seek a humane environment for animals with direct benefits to the communities of Himachal Pradesh, India. We work to end human deaths by rabies, provide humane animal control programs and community education. We are committed to the success of local partner organization,The Himalayan Nature Society.


Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi – Tibetan Buddhist Nun and Spiritual Teacher

Tenzin Chogkyi, first met Arvind in the spring of 2009 through a mutual friend who knew of their shared love of animals. During Tenzin’s travels in India, she rescued a sick puppy and several birds, including a barn owl. Since meeting Arvind, Tenzin has been tirelesly fundraising for Dharamsala Animal Rescue through her Buddhist teachings. Buddhism places a strong emphasis on kindness and compassion towards all human beings and Tenzin sees her involvement with our projects as a natural extension of her own spiritual practice.