Movie Night: The Dhamma Brothers

Date(s) - 11/17/2018
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Springboard Studio is delighted to screen The Dhamma Brothers, a documentary about vipassana meditation in an Alabama prison (description below).

Bring your lawn chairs for extra comfort. Popcorn optional.

With special guest Doug Smith, manager of the Vipassana Meditation Center in Claymont, Delaware.

Donaldson Correctional Facility is situated in the Alabama countryside southwest of Birmingham. 1,500 men, considered the state’s most dangerous prisoners, live behind high security towers and a double row of barbed and electrical wire fences.

Within this dark environment, a spark was ignited. A growing network of men had been gathering to meditate on a regular basis. Intrigued by this, Jenny Phillips, cultural anthropologist and psychotherapist, first visited Donaldson Correctional Facility in the fall of 1999. She planned to observe the meditation classes facilitated by inmates and to interview the inmate meditators about their lives as prisoners.

As she met with the men, one by one in the privacy of an office, she was drawn in by their openness and willingness to talk freely about themselves. High levels of apprehension, distraction and danger characterize their lives as prisoners. Even though many of these men will never be released from prison, they were thirsty for meaningful social and emotional change. What she heard there was difficult to forget. It left her wondering if it were possible to live with a sense of inner peace and freedom within this harsh prison environment. Read more . . .