The Sho-Shin (Beginner's Mind) Sangha was formed in March 2008 at Auburn Correctional Facility. Every Friday, two Zen Center members and one other volunteer lead meditation and chanting for inmates at Auburn. They also hold dharma study, one-day sittings, and commemorate Buddhist ceremonies. Letters and essays from the Sho-Shin Sangha appear regularly in the Dharma Connection, the Zen Center of Syracuse newsletter. Some members began practicing meditation years before the Zen Center of Syracuse helped organize the Sho-Shin Sangha.