“Once [the prisoners] see that they can look at [the limitations and pain of their life] as an object, and study it, instead of being frustrated because they can’t do something about it, a kind of a switch goes off and they are suddenly liberated within prison.”
– Seido Lee deBarros, Volunteer Buddhist Chaplain, San Quentin State Prison
A recent radio show for KALW radio in San Francisco by Judy Silber really captures the heart of the San Quentin Buddhadharma Sangha, and the heart of Zen practice and spiritual transformation. The interviews capture the men in their own words, offering their own inspiring and difficult stories of real practice, in the real grime of inner and outer prisons.
It’s only about 10 minutes long – you won’t regret listening to it. If these men can find their Way where they are, surely we can find ours where we are – East or West, priest or lay, happy or sad, rich or poor.