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Opening of the exhibition and poetry readings of the Liberation Prison Project, on Saturday 10 February 2018 at 10:30am.

Margaret Whitlam Galleries, First Level, West Wing, Female Orphan School, Building EZ, Western Sydney University (Parramatta Campus), Corner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere (View Map)
30 Jan - 14 Apr 2018

For an invitation to the exhibition, please see Liberation Prison Project Invitation (PDF, 554.27 KB)

The exhibition “Liberation Prison Project” features 65 original artworks from Australia and around the world, created in prison from 1996 until the present. A selection of poems by prisoners, recited by professional actors, will create an ambient soundscape to accompany the artworks.

 Liberation Prison Project was established in 1996 by Ven. Robina Courtin, an Australian Buddhist nun and has branches in Italy, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand, Spain & USA. A team of up to 150 volunteers worldwide correspond regularly with prisoners as well as a number of volunteer visiting chaplains teaching mediation 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.

A.J a young ex-gangster serving three life sentences at Pelican Bay, one of California’s maximum-security prisons had read a book by Lama Yeshe and was moved by Lama’s talk of compassion. Wanting to learn more, he wrote to Mandala magazine the journal of FPMT, the organisation founded by Lama Yeshe.

Ven. Robina, who at that time was the editor of Mandala Magazine, responded to AJ’s request and sent him some books and copies of Mandala and thus the project began and quickly spread worldwide.

The international office is currently in Ashfield, New South Wales. Liberation Prison Project has branches in England, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Mongolia, New Zealand and the USA. We also have inmates writing to us from Canada, Scotland, South Africa, Namibia, Thailand and Zambia.

Over 1600 prisoners write to Liberation Prison Project each year seeking support to transform their lives. We respond to every single letter.

Since 1996, the project has supported the personal spiritual development of over 20,000 incarcerated men and women around the world.

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.

“Our aim isn’t to make people Buddhists; it’s to help them develop their human potential. As Lama Yeshe would say, human beings do have power; we have the power to change our lifestyles, change our attitudes, change our habits.”

Ven. Robina Courtin, Liberation Prison Project Founder

 Liberation Prison Project Open Day Saturday 10 February 2018, 10am - 4pm. For more information, please see Liberation Prison Project Open Day