In September and October, 2010, Geshe Thupten Dorjee, founder of TCIA, provided spiritual counseling to Oklahoma death row inmate, Donald Ray Wackerly, II. This led to Geshe-la’s being a witness to Donald’s execution on October 14, 2010 at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
In December 2010 and January 2011, Geshe Dorjee will visit several Alabama correctional facilities to counsel inmates, and to develop a course based on Songsten Gampo’s Sixteen Guidelines for a Happy Life.
Songsten Gampo’s Sixteen Guidelines for a Happy Life:
- Respectfully worshiping the three jewels;
- practicing sublime Dharma;
- honoring one’s parents;
- honoring learned scholars;
- honoring and respecting elders and those ordained;
- being loyal and benign by avoiding temperamental relationships with one’s friends;
- being honorable as well as one is able towards people in one’s locality and neighborhood;
- being honest and incorruptible;
- following examples of the gentle and decent;
- living a moderate life free from extreme means of livelihood;
- repaying kindness to the generous;
- avoiding deceptive conduct and fraud;
- avoiding jealousy of others’ belongings and cultivating friendship with all;
- avoiding the influence of evil and deceptive acquaintances;
- not listening to or engaging in gossip and other divisive speech;
- being patient and far-sighted and enduring hardships in carrying out one’s duties.