By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

This book presents Lama Zopa Rinpoche's advice to prison inmates drawn from more than 100 letters he has written to prisoners over the years. Read excerpts and order a copy.


Enjoy Life Liberated from the Inner Prison •
Editor's Preface •
1.1 Prison Is Not the Real Prison •
1.2 Prison Can Be Your Hermitage •
1.3 Being In Prison Is an Incredible Opportunity •
1.4 The Kindness of Those Who Put You in Prison •
1.5 We All Have Many Lifetimes •
1.6 We Must Not Waste This Rare and Precious Life •
1.7 Even If You Have Only One Day Left to Live •
1.8 Identify Suffering and Its Causes, Then Know How to End Them •
1.9 There Is Nothing to Be Attached To! •
1.10 Without Compassion Life is Meaningless •
1.11 Everything Is Merely Labeled by the Mind •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

In this collection of advice for those practicing in prison, Rinpoche explains how to use the situation in prison to develop the mind.

  • Meditation in Prisons •
  • Prison is an Opportunity to Practice •
  • Son Passed Away •
  • Using Time in Prison to Practice Dharma •
  • Chenrezig Practice in Prison •
  • How to Achieve Real Happiness •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice for prisoners on how to use the situation to develop their mind on the path to enlightenment.

  • Being in Prison •
  • Preliminaries and Other Practices in Prison •
  • A Nun in Jail •
  • The Prison is Your Retreat House •
  • Letter to Martha Stewart •
  • Making Life in Prison Meaningful •
  • Request for Practices from Prison •
  • Request for Guru •
  • Prison Is the Best Opportunity •
  • How Fortunate You Are! •
  • Let Go of Attachment •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book
  • Lam-rim is the Main Focus •
  • How to Practice in Prison •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book
  • Prayers Before Execution •
  • Death Penalty •
  • Practices for Death Row •
  • Advice for Prisoner on Death Row •
  • Advice for Death Row Prisoner •