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Jenny Phillips

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The Dhamma Brothers

bruce-cryerJenny Phillips has a doctorate in cultural anthropology and is an author, filmmaker, and practicing psychotherapist in her hometown of Concord, Massachusetts. Her articles have appeared in academic journals, The Boston Globe, and national magazines. For the past 15 years, she has worked in state and county prisons teaching meditation and emotional literacy skills to prisoners.

Jenny first visited Donaldson Correctional Facility, a maximum- security prison outside of Birmingham, Alabama, in 1999. Through her initiative, working with the Alabama Department of Correction, a Vipassana program, an ancient and intense meditation program requiring 100 hours of silent meditation, was established behind the prison walls. Jenny produced and directed The Dhamma Brothers, an award-winning film documenting the stories of the prisoners taking the program. Also, Jenny received more than 200 letters from the Dhamma Brothers documenting their lives in prison and their quest for inner peace. These letters were published in 2008 as Letters From the Dhamma Brothers: Meditation Behind Bars.

In 2002 Jenny founded The Finca Vigia Foundation to support the work of the Cuban government in preserving the Cuban home, library and documents of Ernest Hemingway. Jenny’s grandfather, Maxwell Perkins, was Hemingway’s editor and close friend. With her husband Frank Phillips, State House bureau chief for The Boston Globe, she has traveled extensively throughout Cuba researching and collecting oral history and artifacts about Hemingway’s life in Cuba.

Jenny’s Website: www.DhammaBrothers.com