Razor Wire Dharma by Calvin Malone | A Buddhist in Prison

I recently read Razor-Wire Dharma, and found a true practitioner of Buddhism. Calvin Malone found Buddhism in jail, and through his practice released himself (and others) from the bondage of the ego-mind.

My favorite chapter is the one about the apple, in which, through mindfulness he sees the Whole in an awakening moment. It is similar to what Brad Warner experienced while eating an orange in one of his books (Hardcore Zen?).

What makes Mr. Malone’s book so remarkable is his position; he is practicing under adverse circumstances, and under extreme pressure at times. He is being a guide to cellmates who sometimes even steal from him. He is practicing compassion and balance in a place in which a wrong move can cost you your life, and obscene, offensive language is the norm.

He is an example for all of us.


8 Responses

  1. Sad to hear that.


  2. Cont.- In fact Mr . Malone was re arrested in 2012 on a charge of “violent sexual predator.” Yeah swell guy Im sure. Please dont be decieved by him as so many others have. He also has a conviction in Oregon , and was implicated in the Boy Scouts abuse scandal there as well as in California.


  3. The information I believe “Dwain” had to share is that Mr. Malone was in prison ,not for Agrivated assault as he and his publisher claim,but for the rape of an 11 year old boy. Calvin Elmer Malone is his full name and if you google it you will find news articles from his trial and conviction. But this is indeed only the tip of a huge iceberg that goes back many decades! From a conviction in the state of Oregon, to the sexual abuse of children while stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army in the 1970s this man is in fact a sociopath and a monster. I am one in fact of HUNDREDS of Mr. Malones victims and see his religious conversion for what it is. Yet another way to access and groom future victims while making himself out to be a saint. Please if you disbelieve me ? Do a little research, Im certain that the Washington State Attorney Generals office would be happy to confirm what the facts are with regard to Mr. Malone as well. In fact


  4. What kind of information Dwain? You can post it here.


  5. I am intrigued by the apparent gap between criminal behavior and redemption. I may have some interesting information about the author (Calvin Malone) and can be reached at;



  6. Hey Lou! Do get it. It is a good book!
    In mindfulness,


  7. Great review, now I want to read it!

    Be Well


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