Program Details

Third Friday Movie and a Meal: The Dhamma Brothers

January 18 / 6:00 PM - January 18 / 9:00 PM


Our presentation for January will be:

"The Dhamma Brothers"

This documentary relays one of the most astounding recent tales of social evolution in contemporary America. The events began in 1999, when several lifetime convicts incarcerated in Alabama's Donaldson Correctional Facility began regular Buddhist meditation sessions.

 Intrigued by this, Jenny Phillips, cultural anthropologist and psychotherapist, interviewed the inmates and found that the meditation sessions prompted the group to look inward, facing their demons and the direct causes of their criminal activity; the sessions established an authentic, deep-seated healing process in each individual.

Deeply inspired, she contacted the Vipassana Meditation Center in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, and working with Donaldson, organized a 10-day meditation retreat for 36 of the penitentiary inmates.

This film juxtaposes accounts of the inmate’s crimes with the candid pre-retreat interviews and the day-to-day experiences of the retreat.

We are happy to present our Movie and a Meal community evenings at the Sonoma Shambhala Center. It is a regular event falling on the third Friday of each month. 

Before each movie, we provide a simple meal for the community to share in.  Our meal generally consists of a crockpot of vegetarian soup and a yummy whole grain bread, along with wine and non-alcoholic beverages.

We gather at 6:00 for the meal; the movie usually begins around 6:45 to 7:00.

Popcorn, tea and soda will be served during the movie.

A suggested donation of $5-$10 is requested to cover the cost of the movie royalty fees and refreshments.

Bring friends and family!

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