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Finding Freedom: How Death Row Broke and Opened My Heart Kindle Edition
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“It is a privilege and joy to read Jarvis Masters’s account of his spiritual struggle to find freedom at the edge of life. Everyone should read this book.”—Robert A. F. Thurman, author of Essential Tibetan Buddhism
“An inspiring, even exhilarating teaching on the life of a peacemaker in the midst of rage and despair, and in the shadow of the execution chamber.”—Bernie Glassman, founder of Zen Peacemakers International
“As he finds some measure of freedom inside a maximum security prison, Jarvis teaches me how to find freedom in my unfenced life.”—Susan Moon, coauthor of What Is Zen?
“Above all, the revelation Masters asks readers to contemplate is the acceptance that 'all of us live in a prison' of cyclic existence and suffering. This is a remarkable testament of personal transformation and spiritual awakening.”—Publishers Weekly
“This book is a must-read for all those who believe in prison reform and should be required reading for those who do not. It is a gentle reminder that all voices matter, that all stories deserve to be heard, that all life is precious, and that hope is real.”—The Tattooed Buddha
About the Author
- ASIN : B085N3FCWF
- Publisher : Shambhala (July 14, 2020)
- Publication date : July 14, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 3317 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 169 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #415,611 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I got to know Jarvis not only because I read an earlier version of this book some years ago, but I also read his memoir (That Bird Has My Wings) and found both deeply moving. He is a practicing Buddhist and his spiritual journey really touched and inspired me. So I wrote to him and told him what an impact his books had on me and he wrote back, and we've been in touch since then. Any time I hear myself grumbling about discomfort during meditation, I think of Jarvis doing his Buddhist practice in his cell and I remind myself that spiritual commitment can transcend even the most adverse circumstances.
And his circumstances are adverse indeed. Jarvis has been in prison for roughly thirty-eight years, and on death row for roughly thirty. Of these, he spent twenty-two years in solitary confinement (euphemistically called the "adjustment center")--all for a crime he did not commit. The long saga of miscarriage of justice is horrifying and bespeaks the flaws in the criminal "justice" system in this country.
Jarvis' writing style is powerful and evocative and his story is remarkable. His astute eye, integrity, and sense of humor shine through his writing. His spiritual journey is profound and inspiring, not only to Buddhists but to anyone interested in personal and spiritual evolution and growth.
A biography of Jarvis, written by David Sheff (author of Beautiful Boy) is scheduled for publication today (Aug 4). It tells the story of Jarvis' personal and spiritual journey and augments and expands upon Jarvis' own memoir. David's book is called The Buddhist on Death Row. I'm excited for its publication. It makes a wonderful complement to Jarvis' memoir and to this book (Finding Freedom). I highly recommend all of them.
Even if he is within an environment where violence and hatred are present, he had the good fortune to meet a fantastic inspiration in The Great Tibetan Buddhist Lama Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, who inspired and guided him to a path of freedom for his mind.
No matter where we live our experience is determined by our mind and attitude.
May all beings find happiness and the causes of happiness. May all beings get away from suffering and the causes of suffering.