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Prison Meditation

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Dhamma Brothers get quiet

Buddhist meditation may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of high-security prisons. For 36 inmates at Alabama’s Donaldson Correctional Facility, a rigorous, silent, nine-day meditation course in 2002 gave them the tools to take a deep look at their lives and to connect with their humanity in the dehumanizing prison setting. Most have continued meditating, and identify themselves as members of a community, “The Dhamma Brothers.” That is also the name of a collection of their letters to workshop organizer Jenny Phillips, in which they describe the profound impact meditation has had on their lives.


Inmates meditate at Alabama’s Donaldson Correctional Facility

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Dhamma Brothers:
Trailer for the film about prison meditation.



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The Happiness-in-Action Heroes are part of Sustainable Happiness, the Winter 2009 issue of YES! Magazine.
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