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Book Reviews: Letters From the Dhamma Brothers: Meditation Behind Bars

By Bob Lindemeier

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Letters From the Dhamma Brothers: Meditation Behind Bars

By Jenny Phillips
Pariyatti Publishing (2008)

Letters From the Dhamma Brothers is a story about men who committed some of the most horrific crimes. Caught, tried and convicted, they are serving sentences in the Alabama Department of Corrections, most of them for life. The book tells the story of how 20 of these men were offered a course in Vipassana meditation, which is based on the 2600-year-old teachings of the Buddha. Thoughts of new wave “touchy feely” went through my mind as I read the introduction. I was genuinely surprised at some of the positives that came from the program, but I was taken aback at how I felt my own thoughts go inward as I read about how deeply these men dug to uncover the cause of their pain. The pain these men felt as they were transformed by this program was real and intense. The frustration they felt after establishing the program, only to have it taken away from them by the Department o

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