The Liberation Prison Project features artworks made by people in prison, from Australia and around the world, from 1996 until the present. A selection of poems by prisoners, recited by professional actors are also included.
Liberation Prison Project was established in 1996 by Ven. Robina Courtin, an Australian Buddhist nun. A team volunteers worldwide correspond regularly with prisoners as well as a number of volunteer visiting chaplains teaching meditation to help inmates understand their mind and emotions, and what triggers their behaviours. Through this process they develop more insight into their minds, how to change behaviours, and develop a greater sense of peace.
Over 1600 prisoners write to Liberation Prison Project each year seeking support to transform their lives. Since 1996, the project has supported the personal spiritual development of over 20,000 incarcerated men and women around the world.
The project has branches in England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand and the USA, with inmates also writing from Canada, Scotland, South Africa, Namibia, Thailand and Zambia. The international office is currently in Ashfield, New South Wales.
Liberation Prison Project is a social services program of the ‘Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition’ (FPMT), founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe. FPMT is a non-profit organization devoted to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values through teaching, meditation and community service.