The Dhamma Brothers: East meets West in the Deep South

Via Yesica Pineda
on Nov 10, 2008
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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


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About Yesica Pineda

Yesica Pineda is a time and space traveler, viajera del tiempo y el espacio. Yeye is a musician, yogini, and writer, who thinks of herself as stardust creating the Universe, and loves the feeling of positive vibrations. She is the founder of the multilingual portal for the encounter of the worlds, Namaste La Onda Natural. You can also read her work at Destino Magazines®, Baja.com®, BajaTraveler2016®, and follow her column here at Elephant Journal. She is a social media lover, and as the lead producer of Namaste Conscious MultiMedia, Yeye produces Yoga Videos in Spanish for www.Gaia.com and leads live power yoga & music events at 101 Namaste SJ art district®, and every full moon you can enjoy live music, friends, and nature by the Sea of Cortez at El Ganzo in Los Cabos, where she and her husband Justin Miller present Full Moon Yoga with Planetary Moods. She is a Vipassana Meditator. Born and educated in Mexico City, she has fully lived and continue studying in Los Angeles, CA; Boulder, Colorado; and Los Cabos, Mexico. Countries she has travelled include USA, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Spain, Holland, Turkey, and New Zealand, and beautiful Islands such as Hawaii and Puerto Rico. She is a traveller of the worlds. She lives with her family and two dogs somewhere in the Universe. She believes in Love. To follow her Planetary Moods you can hear in Soundcloud at WaterWalkers or Yeyeorganicpop. Or, visit her website.

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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!~

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