Sita and Bo Lozoff founded the Human Kindness Foundation in 1987 to operate the Prison-Ashram Project, which encourages people who are incarcerated to use their time for focused spiritual growth. HKF publishes several books, including: We’re All Doing Time, Lineage & Other Stories, Deep & Simple, Just Another Spiritual Book, and Nine Paths to Forgiveness. These books teach classic spiritual practices such as prayer, meditation and yoga, and HKF sends them for free to people in prisons and jails.
People who are incarcerated have the opportunity to dedicate themselves to an inward journey without the distractions and luxuries that occupy many people in the “free world.” Once someone gets too tired of seeing themselves as a convict just biding their time until their release, they can decide to use the time they’ve been given and transform their prison into an ashram.
‘Ashram’ is a Sanskrit word meaning “House of God.” In the East, an ashram is a place where people live for some period of time in order to strengthen their spiritual practice and self-discipline. Many ashrams are very strict. Residents, or ashramites, abide by an exhaustive schedule and live very simply, without many comforts or luxuries.
We never imagined that hundreds of thousands of people doing hard-core prison time would be interested in such an idea. But within the first couple of years, the letters began pouring in and have not stopped to this day.
Sita continues to lead the program as the Spiritual Director alongside Catherine Dumas, our Executive Director. Bo passed away in 2012 but his words and work continue to be felt by thousands.