Guided Meditation on Metta
Befriending the Dhamma
Mind that Heals Mind that Hurts
Tag Archives: transformation
Date: 29 October 2011 (Saturday)
Time: 8pm – 10pm
Venue: Sg. Long Buddhist Society
“A wonderful, powerful, and unsentimental film about
incarcerated men getting below the surface of things. The freedom
and community they find sitting on meditation cushions in an
Alabama prison is a rare inspiration to all of us.”
– Richard Gere
Donaldson Correctional Facility is situated in the Alabama countryside southwest of Birmingham. 1,500 men, considered the state’s most dangerous prisoners, live behind high security towers and a double row of barbed and electrical wire fences.
Within this dark environment, a spark was ignited. A growing network of men had been gathering to meditate on a regular basis. Intrigued by this, Jenny Phillips, cultural anthropologist and psychotherapist, first visited Donaldson Correctional Facility in the fall of 1999. She planned to observe the meditation classes facilitated by inmates and to interview the inmate meditators about their lives as prisoners.
All successful people succeed in life by improving themselves constantly. However, for the majority of them, their goal for personal transformation is for mundane successes, such as the accumulation of wealth (bigger house, better cars, more things to possess), power and influence. For the spiritual