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Prison Dharma Support

Prison Dharma Support (PDS), is a non-sectarian Buddhist support network for prisoners, prison volunteers and correctional workers. It is a member of the International Prison Dharma Network www.PrisonDharmaNetwork.org based in the US.

Our mission is to support prisoners in the practice of contemplative disciplines, with emphasis on the meditation practices of the Buddhist tradition. We support prisoners in the practice and study of the Buddhist teachings and promote the Buddhist path of wakefulness and non-aggression as an ideal means of self-rehabilitation and transformation.

    Who We Are

PDS is part of the Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Charitable Trust, which operates under the guidance of Venerable Choje Lama Karma Shedrup, a Tibetan Buddhist Lama resident in New Zealand.

    What We Do

We provide support and resources for prison dharma outreach programs, providing a clearing house for information, and the sharing of experience and resources among prisoners, volunteers and corrections professionals, through our publications and correspondence.


We send donated dharma books free of charge to prisoners and prison chapel libraries. The following books by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche are available free of charge to prison inmates within New Zealand:

To read more about these books click here to go to our online Dharma Shop.

   Sangha (Community)

PDS aims to support prisoners with dharma books, correspondence, networking and visiting teachers. We envisage developing a support system in the form of a sangha (community) for prisoners interested in the Buddhist path.
This program will offer prisoners many things to support their path and help them in their efforts towards self-rehabilitation. Further development of the PDS Prison Sangha will include: a lay and monastic order for Buddhist prisoners with formal commitments, precepts practice, a curriculum of study, and community service inside.


Prison Dharma Support has publications which can be a great resource, including our newsletter which is available to members and prisoners free of charge.


PDS is supported by donations and as part of the Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Charitable Trust. All donations are greatly received and are tax deductible.

    How Can You Help?

We are always in need of donated dharma books which can be sent to prison inmates. If you would like to donate books for this purpose please send them to us at this address.

Any financial donations to support and expand this project are always greatly appreciated.

Volunteers are required to correspond by mail with prisoners.

    Thank You

Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Trust would like to thank the Pub Charity Foundation and the Lion Foundation of New Zealand for their financial support in assisting in this projects establishment.

   Contacting us

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