The course became possible after the head of the prison himself learned Vipassana and realized that it could be a powerful tool for rehabilitation. Twenty-one men completed the course, and since then Ribeirão das Neves has hosted monthly one-day sittings and a second 10-day course this past May.

In São Paulo state, another prison hosted a 10-day Vipassana course in August–September 2018.

For a short video on the first prison course in Brazil, visit

(Source: International Vipassana newsletter VOL. 46 • ISSUE NO. 2 • JULY 2019)

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