Friday, November 15, 2013

Doing Time, Doing Vipassana

In this 52 minute documentary,  prisoners in one of India's most notorious prisons use an ancient Buddhist meditation technique, called Vipassana, to quiet their nerves and improve their behavior. It was so successful when it was first introduced in 1997 that authorities expanded the program the next year.

Vipassana meditation is a little like Zen, though not identical. Practitioners focus their attention on their breath which helps them to develop control over the "unruly mind."

I usually show parts of it to my religion classes when we study Buddhism.

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