Justice from the Inside Out: Contemplative Practices for Correctional Workers
Presented by the Garrison Institute
A conversation with Justin von Budjoss, the first dedicated Staff Chaplain for the New York City Department of Correction. Part of Justin’s work includes developing and implementing meditation programs for officers throughout the NYC jail system in addition to the typical work of ministering DOC staff. Caroline and Justin will discuss the challenges and necessity of working with the DOC and how this work can cohere with efforts to transform the American criminal justice system.
Caroline Margaret Voldstad is a lawyer and yoga and meditation teacher. Caroline has led classes and workshops in mind-body practices for a variety of audiences at educational and nonprofit institutions. She has also created and led organizations dedicated to promoting yoga and meditative practices at her own educational institutions including The College of the Holy Cross, Harvard Divinity School, and Columbia Law School. At Columbia Law School, she was involved in building the Mindfulness Program while a student and co-led the program’s first off-site weekend retreats at the Garrison Institute in the Spring of 2019 and again in January 2020. She has also offered mindfulness and meditation guidance for youth in various capacities and for populations involved in the criminal justice system. Caroline has participated in a variety of yoga and mindfulness training
and attended several silent retreats. She is certified as a 500 hour experienced Yoga Teacher and, most recently, she has completed her foundations training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Caroline believes deeply in the power of contemplative practice to shift individual consciousness and create the possibility of a more connected and caring world.
Lama Justin von Bujdoss is an American vajrayana Buddhist teacher, writer, and the is a cofounder of Bhumisparsha an experimental Buddhist sangha along with Lama Rod Owens. He is the author of Modern Tantric Buddhism: Authenticity and Embodiment in Dharma Practice published by North Atlantic Books, contributor to Buddhism and Whiteness: Critical Reflections published by Lexington Books. Lama Justin serves as the Executive Director of Chaplaincy and Staff Wellness for NYC Department of Correction where he also serves as Staff Chaplain and has experience as a hospice and hospital chaplain as well. He was ordained as a repa, a lay tantric yogin in the tradition of Milarepa, by His Eminence Gyaltsab Rinpoche. Lama Justin has presented on Buddhist practice at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, University of Chicago, Wellesley, Columbia and has led retreats at a variety of dharma centers and is passionate about helping to create the conditions for authentic embodied tantric Buddhist spiritual practice in the West.