“Synopsis: 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 story of human potential and transformation as it closely follows and documents the stories of a group of prisoners as they enter into this arduous program. It will challenge assumptions about the very nature of prisons as places of punishment rather than rehabilitation.
Academic research findings support behavioral observations that show the positive influence of the Vipassana program. Preliminary findings from pre- and post-tests and 1 year follow up measures administered to both Vipassana and matched control participants include the following findings for the Vipassana participants;
• Increase in mindfulness & emotional intelligence
• Improved physiological & psychological well-being
• Decrease in anger and distress
• A 20% reduction in institutional infractions & segregation time
All of this signifies a shift within the prison culture from one of violence and despair toward one of hope and positive change.”
dhamma brothers website