Terry ConradMeditation Teacher
Since 2004 Terry has sponsored programs with Texas inmates, including meditation, a class on ethics based on the Dalai Lama's book Ethics for the New Millennium, and correspondence courses with incarcerated Buddhists that include a study of the Lojong, a ngondro practice, and the offering of Refuge.
The biggest challenge of Buddhist chaplaincy work in prison is guiding inmates to practice meditation in the crowded and noisy conditions of the prison environment. Terry is a Certified Volunteer Chaplains Assistant CVCA by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, (TDCJ) and sponsors a weekly Buddhist Meditation class on the Mark Stiles Unit in Beaumont, Texas. He also sponsors a monthly meditation class at the Ramsey Unit in Rosharon, Texas.
Following up on a suggestion made by an inmate on the Stiles Unit, the class “Discovering Ethics” was established in 2008 to study His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s book “Ethics for the New Millennium.” The class is facilitated by inmates who are trained as peer educators for their role in the classroom. The facilitators have written a study guide for the class “Discovering Ethics: A Path to Virtue - A Study Guide for Inmates” using examples of prison culture to promote participation in the discussions of the Key Concepts presented in each chapter. The study guide is adapted from one developed through The Dalai Lama Foundation, who generously donates the textbooks used in the class.
In an effort to promote the replication of the Ethics Class in other prisons, the facilitators have written an Ethics Class Facilitators Training Guide, that includes An Ethical Toolbox, of homework assignments for each chapter,
At the request of the Dalai Lama Foundation, Terry sent a copy of the inmates' Study Guide directly to His Holiness [see transmittal letter]. The guide is currently available on The Dalai Lama Foundation website;
Project Clear Light
In an effort to better outreach incarcerated Buddhists that do not have access to dharma based programs due to the lack of Buddhist chaplaincy volunteers, Terry created Project Clear Light under the sponsorship of the Foundation for Active Compassion. PCL is a 501C3 organization that is a recognized source for Buddhist materials by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. PCL publishes a number of booklets available at no charge to inmates that request them that include: “The Four Nobel Truths,” “The Four Thoughts,” “Refuge,” “A Foundational Practice,” “An Inmates Guide to Buddhist Practice,” and “Lojong: Attitude Transformation in Seven Parts,.” This last booklet is a study guide and commentary for a correspondence course. The course involves "snail mail," at least seven one-on-one exchanges between Terry and the participant. Upon completion of the course, a mala is awarded to each participant. Over 100 inmates have participated in the Lojong course.
Project Clear Light also publishes a quarterly newsletter, “Anguilimala,” produced by members of the Mark Stiles Sacred Heart Sangha, that is mailed out to subscribers within and beyond Texas.
Terry teaches Innate Compassion and Wisdom Meditation in Galveston, Texas and in the prison system in Texas.