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A documentary film about a group of prison inmates who participate in a 10-day Vipassana retreat. The film asks "is it possible for these men, some of whom have committed horrendous crimes, to change?" The Dhamma Brothers tells a dramatic tale of human potential and transformation as it closely follows and documents the stories of the prison inmates at Donaldson Correctional Facility as they enter into this arduous and intensive program. This film has the power to dismantle stereotypes about men behind prison bars.


Lesson 1: Getting to Know the Dhamma Brothers (Film Literacy)
Lesson 2: Prison Writing (Literature)
Lesson 3: Meditation and the Human Brain (Psychology, Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Neurology)
Lesson 4: Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation (Psychology, History, Religious Studies)
Lesson 5: American Prisons Today: A Statistical Study (Social Studies, Criminal Justice, Sociology)
Lesson 6: Racial Disparities in Representation and Sentencing
Lesson 7: Rehabilitation Programs in Correctional Facilities
Lesson 8: Beginning Meditation  (An Experiential Lesson)


The Dhamma Brothers - Curriculum Guide