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Inmate Sanghas

Since the mid-1990’s, our Sangha has supported inmate Sanghas in the North Carolina Department of Corrections by visits, cushion and book donations, correspondence, and other means. In November 2008, a new inmate Sangha formed an hour north of Charlotte in Salisbury. Dharma Teacher Leslie Rawls facilitates weekly inmate gatherings, which include meditation, study, and practice. Several inmates have received the Five Mindfulness Trainings from Leslie.

The Joy of Practice Cannot be Contained is an article beautifully written by one of the inmates at the Piedmont Correctional Institute describing his practice.  The article was published in The Mindfulness Bell and in a book prepared for Thich Nhat Hanh's 85th birthday.

Click here to read Alan Davis’s writing about his experience on a prison Day of Mindfulness in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. The article should open in a new window.

 

Room in the Inn

Myers Park Baptist Church is one of many Charlotte congregations that help house our homeless neighbors during the cold months through Room in the Inn. Different groups in the church volunteer for tasks on a particular weekend. For about a decade, the CCM Sangha has enjoyed the opportunity to serve and support Room in the Inn at Myers Park Baptist by preparing meals, making beds, and other activities. Room in the Inn offers a welcoming, safe place with warm beds, hot showers, and nourishing food for homeless people during the winter. Many children of Sangha members help us in this practice, making beds and setting up the welcoming space, packing brown bag lunches, and sometimes even baking cookies or other special treats to share with our homeless neighbors. Please check the schedule page for our next Room in the Inn weekend.

Welcome Bags Project

There are several agencies in Charlotte under contract with the U.S. Refugee Resettlement Program that sponsor and support refugees when they first arrive in town. One agency is Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency. This group has helped refugees coming to Charlotte from countries including: Bhutan, Burma/Myanmar, Afghanistan, and Iran as well as the Montagnards, Chin, and Bantu people. They start with a set amount of money to help each refugee settle into an apartment. It's not a lot of money and often difficult to stretch to meet all the needs.

For the past several years the CCM community sangha has made 12-15 cloth bags or provided re-usable shopping type bags and filled them with some of the needed items. We gather the items over several weeks and come together one Sunday to stock the bags. We enjoy having children and families together in the project. Please watch our schedule for the next opportunity.