The Dhamma Brothers is a multi-award winning documentary film by Jenny Phillips, Anne Marie Stein and Andrew Kukura. The Dhamma Brothers shows how a ten-day Vipassana retreat changed the lives of prison inmates at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Alabama, and it’s important to note that few of the prisoners who participated in this groundbreaking retreat had any previous experience of meditation in any form. That initial reservation is understandable, because the Donaldson Correctional Facility isn’t an open prison for guys who were caught stealing candy bars or flipping the bird at traffic cops. What makes The Dhamma Brothers so compelling is that it shows us how the practice of Vipassana enabled the participating inmates to face themselves and their lives and with openness and honesty, perhaps for the very first time.
The Dhamma Brothers not only shows us how the Vipassana retreat affected the inmates at the time, but how some factions of the Bible-belt community responded to it (clue – not very well).
We could write about The Dhamma Brothers for hours and we still wouldn’t be able to do it justice, so allow us to summarise by saying that this film is truly inspirational. Note: A Collector’s Edition of the DVD is available which contains an hour of special feature material as well as the documentary itself. The Dhamma BrothersShowtimes“The stories of the Dhamma Brothers ring with the truth and power of their experiences, and offer the hope for renewal and rehabilitation within a dismal and punishment-oriented correctional system. There is no charge for attending, but we will be accepting donations for the Vipassana Prison Trust to help bring this program to more inmates around the US.
An overcrowded, violent maximum-security prison, the end of the line in Alabama's prison system, is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program. The Dhamma Brothers tells a dramatic tale of human potential and transformation as it closely follows and documents the stories of the prison inmates at Donaldson Correctional Facility in Alabama as they enter into this arduous and intensive program.
This event is offered free of charge, but we will be accepting donations for the Vipassana Prison Trust to help bring this program to more inmates around the US. Three films are described here that depict the effect of Vipassana meditation on prison inmates at three different prisons - one in India and two in the US.


Wysokie wieze straznicze, podwojne rzedy drutow kolczastych i plot pod napieciem powstrzymuje rzesze skazancow, ktorzy nigdy nie ujrza swiatla dziennego. Yes, you read that right, we’re reviewing a movie, and for good reason – The Dhamma Brothers is a documentary that demonstrates just how transformative the practice of Vipassana can be, and it is therefore one that everyone who visits this site should make an effort to see at least once.
On the contrary, many of them went into the Vipassana program feeling doubtful that they would get any benefit at all.
The prisoners here are serving anything from six months to life for crimes that include common assault, aggravated assault and murder. The program participants learned to take full responsibility for their crimes and accept their past whilst at the same time drawing a line under all of that and experiencing genuine peace of mind. The documentary also revisits the Donaldson Correctional Facility several years after the ten-day retreat to see how the program helped inmates over the longer term.
If you already practice Vipassana then The Dhamma Brothers will make you want to get straight back to your meditation cushion, and if you don’t yet practice Vipassana, The Dhamma Brothers will make you think very seriously about doing so. The Collector’s Edition is recommended for its extended conversations with the Dhamma Brothers, their families and the meditation teachers involved. Behind high security towers and a double row of barbed wire and electrical fence live over 1,500 prisoners, many of whom will never again know life in the outside world.
The documentaries are very touching and depict the profound effect of meditation practice on the inmates. An overcrowded maximum-security prison-the end of the line in Alabama's correctional system-is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program.
Przeludnione wiezienie o zaostrzonym rygorze w Alabamie - wsrod najgrozniejszych przestepcow tego zakladu nastepuje dramatyczna przemiana, spowodowana starozytna technika medytacyjna. Nieliczni z nich zobacza jego przeblysk, gdy wiezienie stanie sie pierwszym zakladem karnym o zaostrzonym rygorze w Ameryce Polnocnej, ktore zorganizuje dlugotrwale odosobnienia Vipassany.


The Dhamma Brothers is available on DVD for home viewing, and if you get as much out of it as we did, it is film that you are likely to watch several times over. Not because they necessarily doubted the value of meditation in general, but because they viewed themselves as being ‘extreme cases’ who probably couldn’t be helped by any kind of program.
The idea that any kind of program could help these inmates to let go of their anger, hostility and fear… well, it just sounds far-fetched.
Yes, many of the participants are still incarcerated – in fact many are resigned to being behind bars for the rest of their lives – but through the Vipassana program they learned a way of giving themselves a spacious sense of freedom that transcends bars. But for some of these men, a spark is ignited when it becomes the first maximum-security prison in North America to hold an extended Vipassana retreat, an emotionally and physically demanding program of silent meditation lasting ten days and requiring 100 hours of meditation. Behind high security towers and a double row of barbed wire and electrical fence dwells aEast meets West in the Deep South. Sa to kursy dziesieciodniowych medytacji, odbywajacych sie w calkowitym milczeniu, podczas ktorych wymagane jest zaangazowanie zarowno emocjonalne, jak i fizyczne. Behind high security towers and a double row of barbed wire and electrical fence dwells a host of convicts who will never see the light of day.
But for some of these men, a spark is ignited when it becomes the first maximum-security prison in North America to hold an extended Vipassana retreat, an emotionally and physically demanding course of silent meditation lasting ten days.



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