The Rimé Institute developed Khentrul Rinpoche’s book series Unveiling Your Sacred Truth and the commentary the Hidden Treasure of the Profound Path over many years. As time went on, we have improved the editions. We had some early editions in our storage unit that would be of more benefit to sentient beings, so we sent out these early English language editions of Khentrul Rinpoche’s books to libraries and prisons throughout the English and Chinese speaking world
Why include prison libraries
The Kalachakra Tantra says that even those who have committed the 5 heinous crimes can learn to practice Kalachakra and take the initiation. Everyone has Buddha-nature and therefore has the potential to realize their own nature. We want to make sure that as many people as possible have access to these teachings either through a public library system or prison library system. Everyone who has interest and potential should be able to come into contact with the Dharma. Research also shows that people who come into contact with spirituality and religious training in prison are less likely to commit crimes once released and therefore less likely to return to prison.
How the public helped make this happen?
We offered these books for free, however we relied on the generosity of our donors to cover the shipping costs of the books. We have raised enough money to successfully sent out up to 300 books for this project with the majority of books being received in Australia, Canada, US, UK & New Zealand. Through Dzokden we are some of the first backers of a Compassion in Prison project in the USA working to connect both inmates and correctional officers to Dharma.
We would like to thank everyone who contributed to the project to make this possible. Because of your generosity, so many sentient beings are able to benefit from the Dharma.