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  •  The is somewhat off topic, but not too far off (4+ / 0-)
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    There is a documentary called The Dhamma Brothers, about an experimental program that was held at an Alabama prison, where a group of inmates were taught Vipassana meditation.  I think it is related to the work that Purple Mountain Institute is doing in that the program was designed to benefit people who had experienced significant trauma in their lives; and for those reading this diary who are unfamiliar with mindfulness meditation and how it can help people with significant personal suffering, I think this film gives an extraordinary glimpse into the subject.  You can view the film here.  There is a website where you can learn more background here.

    In my view, the work that Purple Mountain Institute is doing is definitely worth supporting; there are many veterans who served on our behalf and suffered significant trauma as a result.  In return, we owe them care; and for many of those veterans, mindfulness meditation will be a path of healing.

    Love one another

    by davehouck on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 09:44:11 AM PST

    •  Thank you, Dave. (4+ / 0-)
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      And thanks for sharing the link to the prison dharma program. That is a great offering for people who have experienced trauma and continue to suffer from it.

      The little things? The little moments? They aren't little. Jon Kabat-Zinn

      by drnatrl on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 10:05:23 AM PST

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      •  I knew DaNang65 before Purple Mountain Institute (3+ / 0-)
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        and let me tell you, the DaNang65 after Purple Mountain Institute is a hugely improved version.

        There are so many PTSD recovery programs and the truth is what works for some won't work for others. That's why I never ask the question, "what is your success rate?".

        Those who fought the war in Afghanistan won it. Get them out of Afghanistan NOW . . . It's long past time. Those who want to wage the next war in Afghanistan are condemned to lose it.

        by llbear on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 10:55:33 AM PST

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        •  Thank you, llbear (1+ / 0-)
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          I'm happy to hear your thoughts that the post-PMI DaNang65 is an improved version. Knowing a person before and after a program like this really helps put it into perspective.

          The little things? The little moments? They aren't little. Jon Kabat-Zinn

          by drnatrl on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 04:04:04 AM PST

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