Thursday, September 17, 2009

Oprah's Revealing Interview with Dhamma Brothers Director

These two videos are a must see for anyone who wants to understand the benefits of meditation! Especially the part two with her interviews with the prisoners - convicted murderers - OB & Grady!
Oprah mentions Eckhart Tolle & her interview with him on A New Earth. She starts off with E.T.'s quote: "We are all prisoners of our own mind - our thinking."

This type of meditation (non-religious) is what I have been studying (including the ten days of silence) in order to get it into S. C. prisons, and especially for my nephew Barry, (almost like a son) who may be facing up to 30 years!

Jenny Phillips
Cultural anthropologist, writer and psychotherapist Jenny Phillips has been working in the field of mental health for more than 15 years. Much of her work has been with male prisoners, teaching inmates courses on emotional literacy and vipassana meditation, an ancient meditation technique based on the teachings of Buddha. Her work has helped inmates—many serving multiple life sentences—transform their lives, face their pasts and become more peaceful, purposeful people.

In 2008, Jenny released the self-produced documentary The Dhamma Brothers, which followed 36 prisoners at the Donaldson Correctional Facility in Alabama through a 10-day silent vipassana meditation course. Her book Letters from the Dhamma Brothers: Meditation Behind Bars is a collection of letters and interviews from inmates who took part in the meditation course. The book depicts prison life and the journey many of the prisoners took to better understanding the teachings of Buddha and achieving inner peace.

Jenny has doctorate in anthropology from Boston University and is currently researching a book—along with her husband, journalist Frank Phillips—on author Ernest Hemingway's 22 years in Cuba. Jenny's grandfather, Maxwell Perkins, was a legendary book editor and close friend of Hemingway's.

The two videos below are two big to embed so please click on link above and see them from Oprah's site.

Part 1 Watch Now Listen Now

Part 2 Watch Now Listen Now

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