San Diego, California
April 13, 2003
The Buddhist Inmate Sangha was founded in January 2001 by Betty Lu Buck,
who has been practicing the Lotus Sutra since 1965. We are an independent
interfaith Sangha dedicated to providing spiritual support for 140+ buddhists
behind bars. We currently donate buddhist books, magazines, videos and
audio cassettes to prisons and inmates around the country upon request.
All of these study materials are donated by temples, sanghas, organizations,
I am writing to your Sangha today with a sincere request for new or used
book donations for inmates and prison libraries. While a large proportion
of our inmates are Nichiren Buddhists, most of the donations we receive
come from Southeast Asia, particularly in the Theravada, Pure Land and
Zen traditions. While this makes for well rounded studies, it would be
nice to provide the Nichiren Buddhist inmates with Lotus Sutra and
other related study material.
If you would like more information about the Buddhist Inmate Sangha, please
check out our webpage at http://buddhistinmates.net.
You can either mail your donation of study material to Betty for distribution
(address below) or mail it direct to an inmate in your area (soft cover
books only). We keep an active database of inmates with their sectarian
affiliations (if any) open to all participants of our Yahoo discussion
group which you are most welcome to join.
Most of our prison groups are also looking for ordained clergy who are
interested in leading regular buddhist meetings. If you have ever thought
about doing a prison ministry in your area, or from long distance as a
pen pal, perhaps now is the time?
Thank you for your generous donation of time and energy to spread the Buddha
Dharma in America, and if you see fit, your donation of booklets, magazines,
and/or sutra books for our bodhisatva-inmates, however small, will be most
appreciated. You might also consider putting out a box with a sign on it:
"Used Book Donations for Buddhist Inmates." Please feel free to stamp your
organizational information on the inside cover of the books (or other media)
so that interested parties may contact you directly.
With my deepest appreciation,
If you and your Sangha would like to support our prison ministry with english
or spanish language study material, you can mail it to:
Betty Lu Buck, PO Box 16, Culp Creek, Oregon 97427.
Thank you very much!