Letters from the Dhamma Brothers: Meditation Behind Bars

Letters from the Dhamma Brothers: Meditation Behind Bars

by Jenny Phillips
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1928706312

ISBN-13: 9781928706311

Pub. Date: 09/01/2008

Publisher: Pariyatti Publishing

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

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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 Buddha’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.  

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781928706311
Publisher:
Pariyatti Publishing
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
627,211
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
Introduction     xiii
Inside Donaldson     1
Graduation     3
The Journey Inside     5
Sowing Seeds of Change     10
Introducing Vipassana     12
Dhamma Takes Root     14
Setting Up the Vipassana Retreat     18
Free Worlders Move Inside     20
Working Deep Within     25
The Dhamma Brothers     33
Grady Bankhead     34
Torrence Barton     35
Michael Carpenter     36
Willie Carroll     37
Wayne Finch     38
James George     40
Charles Ice     40
Edward Johnson     42
John Johnson     47
Leon Kennedy     49
Benjamin "OB" Oryang     50
Omar Rahman     53
Larry Singletary     56
Rick Smith     58
Johnny Mack Young     60
The Letters     63
Before and After: The First Two Ten-Day Courses     64
Interview with Benjamin "OB" Oryang     72
Interview with Leon Kennedy     76
Shut Down: Courses and Group Sitting Privileges     79
Dhamma Brother Transferred     89
Interview with Edward Johnson     90
The Addict's Mentality: Not Just Another Fix     94
Support Letters to Pardon & Parole Board: Request Declined     98
After One Year, How Does Dhamma Fare Inside?     100
Wishes to a Dhamma Friend on a Course     111
Vipassana and Christianity and Islam     115
Interview with Omar Rahman     118
Interview with Larry Singletary     123
Underground: Group Sittings by Any Other Name     126
Cell Course Rings in the New Year     133
Ups and Downs of Dhamma: Donaldson and Other Camps     139
Life and Death: Dhamma Brothers Lose Loved Ones     162
Legal Again: Vipassana Reinstated; A Three-Day Course     168
Interview with Wayne Finch     170
Appreciation to the Wardens; Dhamma Rolls On     180
Parole Denied     197
Conclusion     199
Postscript     205
Address by S.N. Goenka at Donaldson     208
More about Vipassana     212
Glossary     216
Resources     218
About the Author     220

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