Razor-Wire Dharma: A Buddhist Life in Prison

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Overview

Calvin Malone has plenty to teach us all about ideas that we rarely associate with the penal system: Dignity. Compassion. Freedom behind bars. He speaks from experience: Malone is nearing the end of a 20-year prison sentence himself.

Razor-Wire Dharma is his eloquent, enlightening, and utterly inspiring personal story how he found Buddhism—and real, transformative meaning for his life-despite being in one of the world's harshest environments.

Some of his stories are hilarious, some are harrowing, but all express Buddhist wisdom as vividly as any practitioner could hope to do. Malone is living it, and in the unlikeliest of places. For him, the choice of staying true to his principles often requires that he quite literally jeopardize his life, safety, and the few small comforts available to him to try to do what's right.

Razor-Wire Dharma makes it clear that if Calvin can do what's right in jail, he can do it anywhere. What's more, it proves that we can, too.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780861715633
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications MA
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,040,399
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Calvin Malone was born in Munich, Germany in 1951 to a German mother and an African-American father. At the age of seven he and his family moved to Monterey, California and Calvin entered the second grade, speaking only German. Within a year he was fluent in English. Calvin attended Walla Walla Community College and studied European History. He also traveled extensively throughout Europe. Calvin began practicing Buddhism soon after he entered prison for aggravated assault in 1992 and started writing about his prison experiences shortly thereafter. He has published numerous articles in Buddhist magazines and newsletters. He was instrumental in developing a post-prison transitional program and makes malas (prayer beads) for Buddhist prisoners around the country.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
Editor's Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xvii
Introduction     1
Entering the Way     9
The Abyss     29
Eyeball     43
Banana     47
Forty-Nine     55
Bulldog and Christmas     65
A Little Closer to Home     71
Essential Oil     79
Anger     85
Getting Involved     91
Derrick     95
Soup     103
Munny     109
The Reluctant Zen Master     119
Tying Flies     131
Apple     135
Hacksaw     139
Shawn     147
Artichoke Heart     159
Metta     165
Freedom     169
A Close Encounter     171
Letting Go     173
Happy Holidays     177
Miracles     179
Liberating Our Gardens     181
Postscripts     185
Author's Note     189
Appendixes
The Four Noble Truths     193
Meditation     199
Recommended Reading     215
Resource Guide     219
About the Author     227
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