Letters from the Dhamma Brothers Meditation Behind Bars

ISBN-10: 1928706312

ISBN-13: 9781928706311

Edition: 2015

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Description: Through intimate letters, interviews, and stories, this narrative reveals the impact that a life-changing retreat had on a group of inmates at the highest level maximum-security state prison in Alabama. The 38 participants in the first-ever intensive, silent 10-day program inside the walls of a corrections facility-many serving life sentences without parole-detail the range of their experiences, the depth of their understanding of the Buddha7;s teachings gained by direct experience, and their setbacks and successes. During the Vipassana meditation program, they face the past and their miseries and emerge with a sense of peace and purpose. This compelling story shows the capacity for commitment, self-examination, renewal, and hope within a dismal penal system and a wider culture that demonizes prisoners.

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2015
Publisher: Pariyatti Publishing
Publication date: 9/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Robert Coles is a professor of psychiatry & medical humanities at the Harvard Medical School, a research psychiatrist for the Harvard University Health Services, & the James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard College. His many books include the Pulitzer Prize-winning "Children of Crisis" series as well as the best-selling "The Spiritual Life of Children" & "The Moral Intelligence of Children". Dr. Coles is a founding editor of the award-winning magazine "DoubleTake".

Foreword
Introduction
Inside Donaldson
Graduation
The Journey Inside
Sowing Seeds of Change
Introducing Vipassana
Dhamma Takes Root
Setting Up the Vipassana Retreat
Free Worlders Move Inside
Working Deep Within
The Dhamma Brothers
Grady Bankhead
Torrence Barton
Michael Carpenter
Willie Carroll
Wayne Finch
James George
Charles Ice
Edward Johnson
John Johnson
Leon Kennedy
Benjamin "OB" Oryang
Omar Rahman
Larry Singletary
Rick Smith
Johnny Mack Young
The Letters
Before and After: The First Two Ten-Day Courses
Interview with Benjamin "OB" Oryang
Interview with Leon Kennedy
Shut Down: Courses and Group Sitting Privileges
Dhamma Brother Transferred
Interview with Edward Johnson
The Addict's Mentality: Not Just Another Fix
Support Letters to Pardon & Parole Board: Request Declined
After One Year, How Does Dhamma Fare Inside?
Wishes to a Dhamma Friend on a Course
Vipassana and Christianity and Islam
Interview with Omar Rahman
Interview with Larry Singletary
Underground: Group Sittings by Any Other Name
Cell Course Rings in the New Year
Ups and Downs of Dhamma: Donaldson and Other Camps
Life and Death: Dhamma Brothers Lose Loved Ones
Legal Again: Vipassana Reinstated; A Three-Day Course
Interview with Wayne Finch
Appreciation to the Wardens; Dhamma Rolls On
Parole Denied
Conclusion
Postscript
Address by S.N. Goenka at Donaldson
More about Vipassana
Glossary
Resources
About the Author
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