Buddhist Movie Night at PIMC: "Dhamma Brothers" (Sat., 8/18/18, 6:30pm)

Please join us for another edition of Buddhist Movie Night at PIMC. We'll be watching "Dhamma Brothers" on Saturday, Aug. 18.  The screening will begin at 6:30pm.

This is a chance to come together as a community, enjoy Buddhist/mindfulness-themed cinema, and discuss how the material relates to our understanding of the Buddha and the Dharma. 

Dhamma Brothers is a 2008 documentary about a Vipassana meditation program in a maximum-security prison. Filmed in 2002 at the Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer, Ala., one of the most violent prisons in North America, this provocative film follows a small group of inmates through a strict course of Vipassana meditation.

Directed by Jenny Phillips (an anthropologist and psychotherapist who initiated the program), Andrew Kukura and Anne Marie Stein, “The Dhamma Brothers” offers a constructive alternative to the hopelessness of human warehousing. Opening up her film to include prison staff (cautiously impressed with the students’ behavioral changes), inmates’ families and members of the public, Ms. Phillips candidly documents the mixed emotions and institutional conflicts aroused by the introduction of a Buddhist practice in a predominantly Christian prison.

Mikki Gillette will be hosting the movie night and leading the discussion afterward. It will be a very mellow, low key affair. Please come, bring a snack to share if you like, and enjoy.

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Date/Time: Sat., 8/18/18, 6:30pm

Location: Portland Insight Meditation Community, 6536 SE Duke St., Portland OR 97206

Suggested Donation: $5/person (no one turned away for insufficient funds).