Mindfulness meditation in prison? What better place to practice? Kiran Bedi is a visionary Indian civil servant who, among other things, reformed Tihar prison in New Dehli, one of the biggest and most dangerous prisons in the world. Her work was the subject of the moving documentary film, Doing Vipassana; Doing Time.
In this brief talk, she shares her collected wisdom on acceptance, learned from her parents. They taught her that we construct 90% our experience.
She notes, “Crime is a product of a distorted mind.” Ten thousand prisoners were under her authority and her goal was to make the prison into an ashram through education and vipassana meditation.
Bedi has taken skillful means (upaya) to new heights by bringing the dharma to so many and those, perhaps, in most need of it. She’s a truly remarkable human being.