To contact one of these faith group chaplains, please contact the facility chaplain.
There are four assistant chaplains from various Buddhist temples who share the teachings of Buddah. They are: Rev. Dr. Shoyo Taniguchi, Ven. Dr. Lani Hunter, Wes Mukoyama and Mas Horiuchi. The practice of Buddhism is directed to oneself to "see things as they are" and to do good and avoid harm. The other assistant chaplains have additional comments. "We strive to help inmates by their understanding and use of Buddhist principles and concepts." Buddhism teaches all to be humble and compassionate. Also, it teaches us to accept and to tolerate conditions of life. We all have deluded minds and we all make mistakes. We may be helping inmates today, but tomorrow we may need help from them.
Contact Sr. Maryann Cantlon - (408) 986-0131
There are several Rabbis that visit the jails including Rabbi Levin from the Chabad of the Penninsula as well as a number of "Community Rabbis" and jewish volunteer chaplains. Here is one person's description of what he does:
"I am not a Rabbi, just a Jewish chaplaincy volunteer trying to help other Jews who are in a difficult situation.
The Jewish inmates I meet with have very different levels of Jewish background and knowledge. I give everyone the book of Psalms and a small prayerbook. I tell people that no matter how they are feeling (grateful, happy, sad, or even angry), there are psalms that are describe how a person can relate to God with those feelings. I also suggest the best way to learn about being a Jew, is to act in a Jewish way: including daily prayer and acts of kindness.
I encourage everyone to ask questions: Some want to know 'what Jews believe.' Other people ask about holidays, Israel, and sometimes repentance.
I am grateful for the understanding and support which the CIC staff provides."