Doing Time Doing Vipassana

Winner of the Golden Spire award at the 1998 San Francisco International Film festival and winner of a 1998 NCCD PASS Award of the American National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

This extraordinary documentary takes viewers into India’s largest prison – known as one of the toughest in the world – and shows the dramatic change brought about by the introduction of Vipassana meditation.

This is the story of a strong woman named Kiran Bedi, the former Inspector General of Prisons in New Delhi. It tells how she strove to transform the notorious Tihar Prison, once a hellhole of crime, and turn it into an oasis of peace. It is a story of an ancient meditation technique, Vipassana, which helps people to take control of their lives and channel them towards their own good and the good of others. But most of all it is the story of the prison inmates who underwent profound change, and who realized that incarceration is not the end but possibly the beginning of a new life.

Produced & Directed by by Ayelet Menahemi & Eilona Ariel, Karuna Films, Ltd., 1997, 52 min.


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  • Kevin Osborne  On February 9, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    This was a wonderful and enlightening documentary. I had seen it previously but is well worth a look if you want a view into The Understanding Game.

    • vinaire  On February 9, 2012 at 7:54 AM

      Yes. I was introduced to it over 15 years ago. I finally decided to add it to this blog.


  • Kevin Osborne  On February 10, 2012 at 3:21 AM

    Very much like Idenics, my opinion. Idenics is more efficient, though.

    • vinaire  On February 10, 2012 at 6:54 AM

      Idenics is proprietary. That reduces its efficiency.


  • Kevin Osborne  On February 10, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Ownership has its bedevilments.

    • vinaire  On February 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      Knowledge should be free. Services may be charged.

      Attempts to own knowledge in the spiritual arena, is like attempting to survive at the cost of others.


  • Anonymous  On January 28, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I have your same age, buddhism, Gnostic,
    same professional western education (Chem Eng,N.Physcist),
    in Dn/Sc,became Clear twice old and new clearing, similar experiences and agree with you as reading my own thoughts, could we have the opportunity to meet each other ? Where do you live ? my personal email is:
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    • vinaire  On January 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      Hello Fernando. Welcome to Vinaire’s Blog. I shall be happy to answer any questions you may have about what i have written.

      I am sure we can carry on with our communication here.


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