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Click to view Carved by Experience
* New on our shelves! *
Carved by Experience by Michal Barnea-Astrog offers a look through psychoanalysis and Buddhism into the mind's most basic conditioning: to crave the pleasant and reject the unpleasant.
Drawing upon the rich literature concerning projective mechanisms, Buddhist concepts such as kamma (karma) and conditioned arising, personal stories, and real-life situations, the book follows the manner in which this conditioning takes part in the way we experience reality, perceive it, and react to it. It explores the self-reinforcing habitual patterns formed by this conditioning, and the way they are reproduced across various relationships and situations, thus building our own virtual realities and personal prisons.
The discussion transcends the seemingly fixed boundaries of the individual mind. It reveals their fluid and relative nature, and shows how mental pain spills out of the psyche into the interpersonal sphere, where it affects the minds of others.
“I have spent my lifetime as a psychiatrist and Vipassana meditator, and yet I found myself educated by every page.” - Paul Fleischman
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Vipassana in Prisons

Vipassana - to see things as they really are - as a meditation technique teaches practitioners ‘the art of living’. It is a practical way to achieve peace of mind and live a happy, useful life. Over the last decades, Vipassana has been proven very successful in reducing the rate of recidivism within prison populations where it has been regularly used. 
Image showing prisoners in a Dhamma Hall in a correction center in Alabama
For inmates, Vipassana provides a tool that helps reduce negative mental states such as tension, agitation, anger and aggression, and gradually leads to inner peace. For Corrections Officers, an ongoing program of Vipassana meditation in the institution can over time help make the prison environment less violent and easier to manage, as more and more inmates incorporate meditation into their daily lives.
The North American Vipassana Prison Trust (VPT) offers 10-day Vipassana courses as taught by S. N. Goenka at correctional facilities in North America.
Since prisoners are unable to contribute for the ongoing support of their meditation courses, the VPT accepts donations from any person or organization who wishes to support the meditation courses conducted by the Vipassana Prison Trust. 
You may also wish to support prisoners by making Dhamma books freely available to them on our ‘Choose a Fund’ Donation Page. Make sure to choose ‘Books for Prisoners Fund’ from the dropdown menu.
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If you would like to learn more about the benefits prisoners gain from Vipassana, you might like to watch one of the three inspiring DVD/films we have on this topic, or read letters from inmates sharing their thoughts, struggles, dreams and triumphs experienced after taking part in a 10-day Vipassana course (in Letters from the Dhamma Brothers by Jenny Phillips).
Material on Vipassana in Prisons
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Pariyatti is looking for a new Bookstore / Warehouse / Customer Relations Manager. This is a fun & dynamic opportunity to join the Pariyatti team, working from our physical location.
The job includes:
  • Direct sales to Vipassana students at the end of courses
  • Filling and shipping internet orders
  • Managing inventory in the warehouse
  • Volunteer management
  • Distributing books Pariyatti donates
  • A chance to work with a small, efficient international team with members located in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.  
Requirements include: 
  • Up-to-date computer skills (Word, Excel, Quickbooks a plus) and comfort with learning new technology & programs 
  • Experience with volunteer coordination
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Self-directed and able to manage complex projects and problem solve independently
  • Excellent customer service skills, and sincere interest in the mission of Pariyatti is integral
The final job description will depend on location* and applicants. One or more part-time positions may be available in addition to one full-time position. 
*An important note: We are in the process of evaluating the relocation of our office & warehouse. Various locations are being considered. Therefore, if you are on the East or West Coasts of the US, or willing to relocate, you may be eligible for consideration! 
If you are interested, we'd love to hear from you.
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"Along with giving three months of Dhamma Service last year, this was equally the best thing I have done in my whole life. I was humbled, inspired, motivated, awe-struck and challenged, and I feel more gratitude for my fortunate life as a result. I would like to do the Myanmar pilgrimage as well, as a direct result of this experience:)"
- previous India-Nepal pilgrim
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Along the Path
– India & Nepal
Oct 31 - Nov 21, 2017
Febr 28 - March 21, 2018
The Path Continues
– Western India
January 4 to 18, 2018
The Golden Path
– Burma
Dec 13 - 30, 2017
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Along the Path - India & Nepal - In Chinese language
February 8 to 23, 2018  - Applications re-opened


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Pariyatti is a charitable, nonprofit, educational support system for the Dhamma community. Pariyatti exists because of funds donated by supporters.

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Dhamma Verses 
Samaya baḍā anamola hai,
samaya na hāṭa bikāya.
Tīna loka sampada diye,
bītā kṣaṇa na pāya.
Time is so precious,
time is not for sale in the market.
Even for the wealth of three worlds
you can’t buy back the moment past.
–S.N. Goenka
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