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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Curriculum Guide

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)

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