Our Vision

A world where everyone practices kindness.

Our Mission

To encourage more kindness in the world, beginning with people in our prisons and jails.

Our Principles

Live simply. Devote your life to service. Spend time every day in spiritual practice.

Prison-Ashram Project

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.

Our Spiritual Advisory Council

JARVIS JAY MASTERS Buddhist and author of the beautiful book Finding Freedom: Writings from Death Row. Masters lives on California’s death row.
VENERABLE ROBINA COURTIN Founder of the Liberation Prison Project, worldwide teacher, and Buddhist nun of the Tibetan Buddhist Gelugpa tradition and lineage of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
GARY ZUKAV & LINDA FRANCIS
Spiritual teachers. Gary has been a guest on Oprah more than 30 times and is a four-time New York Times bestselling author. His books include The Seat of the SoulSoul Stories and The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of New Physics.
MIKE THUMM Retired Superintendent of Orange Correctional Center, a prison in Hillsborough, NC. Mike served for more than 30 years in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.
DENNIS GADDY Founder and Executive Director of Community Success Initiative (CSI), where he draws from his own experience to help others transition from incarceration to success.
PATCH ADAMS Physician, social activist, and the subject of the 1998 movie starring Robin Williams.
PETER KUHNS Dr. Peter Kuhns has served as a psychologist in various corrections settings since 2003. Dr. Kuhns has also led staff trainings and served as a consultant with the goal of creating positive, healthy environments for staff and people who are incarcerated.
FATHER THOMAS KEATING (IN PERPETUITY)

Founder of the Centering Prayer movement, spiritual guide of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd., and Trappist Christian monk at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, CO.

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