A documentary film about the success of Vipassana courses in Indian prisons. In 1993, Kiran Bedi, a reformist Inspector General of India’s prisons, learned of the success of Vipassana in a jail in Jainpur, Rajasthan. A 10 day course involved officials and inmates alike. In India’s largest prison, Tihar Jail, near New Delhi, another attempt was made. This program was said to have dramatically changed the behavior of inmates and jailers alike. It was actually found that inmates who completed the 10 day course were less violent and had a lower recidivism rate than other inmates. This project was documented in the television documentary, Doing Time, Doing Vipassana. So successful was this program that it was adopted by correctional facilities in the United States and other countries as well.
The film, now 10 years old, is on YouTube cut into six nine-minute sections. Here’s the first.
Fascinating and compelling viewing. I really recommend watching all of them.
As is the way of things I discover these films the same day that I receive in the post a copy of The Fires that Burn. This is about the Canadian Catholic nun and Zen roshi Sister Elaine MacInnes who has been teaching meditation in prisons for thirty years and is a former director of The Prison Phoenix Trust in the UK.