The Dhamma Brothers

13 May

This past Tuesday, KFB and I joined a few other friends for the a DC area viewing of The Dhamma Brothers.  The documentary takes place in the Donaldson Correction Facility, a high security prison in the State of Alabama.  It documents the account of several prisoners who decide to attend a 10 day workshop of Vipassana Meditation.  The workshop is 10 very structured days of total silence and meditation for hours on end.  Throughout the film you see once extremely violent criminals open up and address reality often for the first time.

The film shows hope for people with none.  In a very violent and dangerous community, it is hard to think of a life of peace.  Following the film was a panel with some of the Vipassana teachers from the prison and some of the administrators from the Donaldson Correction Facility.  The Warden of the prison testified the importance of the program, which was forbidden for many years due to the conservative Christian’s movement to keep it out of the prison.  As we heard from the testimonies and saw in the film, it was through Vipassana Meditation that many of them found peace for themselves and the world.

It was truly an incredible story, one certainly worth checking out.

The Dhamma Brothers will air on DC Public TV on Sunday, June 20 at 11:00 p.m. and Tuesday, June 22 at 8:00 p.m.

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One Response to “The Dhamma Brothers”

  1. Roommate May 18, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    This new format sucks! I hate it!

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