The Dhamma Brothers

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 the arduous and intensive program known as Vipassana meditation. This film has the power to dismantle stereotypes about men behind prison bars.


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Student health and wellness is a growing focus for my learning spaces. This guide features resources on meditation and the brain, including an experiential lesson for beginning meditation. These lessons can be used with the film, which will increase their relevance, but the lessons can also stand alone.

Film runtime: 1 hour, 16 minutes

Film rating: Not rated. We recommend for Grades 7 and up.

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The Dhamma BrothersCurriculum Guide

Lesson 1: Getting to Know the Dhamma Brothers (Film Literacy)
Lesson 2: Prison Writing (English Literature)
Lesson 3: Introduction to Buddhism and Meditation (Psychology, History, Religious Studies) 
Lesson 4: U.S. Prisons Today: A Statistical Study (Social Studies)
Lesson 5: Sentencing Disparities (Social Studies)
Lesson 6: Racial in Representation and 
Lesson 7: Meditation and the Brain (Psychology, Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Neurology)
Lesson 8: Beginning Meditation (An Experiential Lesson)

Appendix: Full text and references for Dr. Jim Hopper’s Essay “Meditation Can Harness Key Brain Circuitries to Bring Healing and Happiness”

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