The Dhamma Brothers: East meets West in the Deep South

Via on Nov 10, 2008

The Dhamma Brothers

East meets West in the Deep South—on Death Row.

“Gives you hope for the human race.”

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. B

ehind high security towers and a double row of barbed wire and electrical fence lives 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 prison in North America to hold a Vipassana retreat, a deeply demanding course of silent meditation lasting 10 days.

This film has the power to dismantle stereotypes about men behind prison bars. In the words of Sister Helen, “Gives you hope for the human race.”

BALCONY RELEASING and FREEDOM BEHIND BARS PRODUCTIONS in association with NORTHERN LIGHT PRODUCTIONS and THE LIONHEART FOUNDATION present The Dhamma Brothers at the Boulder Theather this Monday, November 17th at 8:00 PM

About Yesica Pineda

My name is Yésica Pineda-Moreno, though some people call me Yeye. I was born and raised in Mexico City. My mom and dad are wonderful people who raised me to believe that loving-kindness, peace of body, mind and soul ~ real happiness ~ are the only worthwhile goals in life, the rest is just history. At the age of 20, I was chosen a Mexican Musical Talent (Valores Juveniles = American Idol) between thousands of young people in the country. Such opportunity gave me the chance to travel to The United States and meet incredible famous people from whom I've learned plenty about the hard work involved in the public life and the challenges it represents to our spiritual growth. I recorded my solo album with 10 time’s Grammy winner engineer Rafa Sardina rafasardina.com, and the talented songwriter Rafa Esparza-Ruiz. You can find it in any digital store by searching "Yeye Organic Pop". When I thought there was nothing else to be achieved, I found Yoga, or Yoga found me. In 2000, I started training with Bryan Kest and educated myself in his school of Power Yoga, which eventually led me to the practice of Vipassana meditation with teacher S.N.Goenka dhamma.org, training which I consider my foundation. For more information about my Yoga Practice visit yogichocolate.com My current music project is called Planetary Moods ~ Pop Sanskrit and the exploration of different frequencies resonance. You can hear my music on on myspace Listen at our website Planetary Moods.

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2 Responses to “The Dhamma Brothers: East meets West in the Deep South”

  1. Magda M says:

    …very inspiring and gives so much hope for humanity. If only this was practiced reguraly in all prisons: male and female. Ws this ever done in a female correctional facility? I read parts of the book at Trident the other day ("Letters from the Dhamma Brothers") and it literally lifted up my spirit. Here's a quote I jotted down that day: "If wisdom arises in your mind you become humble and modest, as a branch ladden with fruit is sure to bow low" – Goenkaji, principal teacher of the Vipassana meditation (as taught to the prisoners in Alabama).
    ~may all beings be happy!~

  2. claude mohonathan says:

    Where can I get the DVD on
    "East meets West in the Deep South"
    please reply to my email
    claudemoh@gmail.com

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