Prison work with the 16 Guidelines

In this short video, David Machles takes the time to explain the impact that the 16 Guidelines has been having in his work with prisoners. Watch the video below or read the short summary provided after.



David Machles and his wife are consultants with a focus on employee well-being in the workplace. They became interested in the 16 Guidelines, after hearing about it from a friend and co-member of their local Kadampa Centre. David attended a workshop on the 16 Guidelines in Canada and, along with his wife, developed a program incorporating the guidelines into their consulting work. They used the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator as a foundation for their program, which they delivered to a client experiencing issues with incivility in their workplace.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a psychological assessment tool used to identify an individual’s personality type based on Carl Jung’s theory of psychological type. It consists of a series of questions that aim to measure four different aspects of personality: extraversion vs. introversion, sensing vs. intuition, thinking vs. feeling, and judging vs. perceiving.

The program was well-received and the 16 Guidelines cards were still being used at the company years later. David also used the 16 Guidelines in anger management workshops at a prison through the FPMT’s Liberation Prison Project. He found the program to be effective in helping the prisoners develop skills to manage their emotions and improve their relationships with others. David and his wife also incorporated the 16 Guidelines into a leadership program for a local school district, which was successful in improving the school’s culture and climate. David concludes by emphasizing the importance of understanding and respecting different perspectives in order to create a more harmonious and compassionate society.

A touching story – we hope you enjoy the video. Thank you David for taking the time to share this with us!

Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom is an organization that is dedicated to helping individuals share compassion and wisdom, with tools and resources that can help you to care for those in prison. We believe that every person has the right to be treated with dignity and respect, and that it is important to care for all people in a way that is both compassionate and wise.

To this end, FDCW provides a range of resources and tools to help individuals help work with prisoners in their community. This includes educational materials, videos and meditations on topics such as the 16 Guidelines and having Conversations that Matter, as well as access to a network of facilitators who provide programs to enable us to share compassion and wisdom. We also offer a variety of programs and events, to help individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need to provide compassionate and wise help to those in need.

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