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There are many forms of liberation - some that exist at the mercy of circumstance and others that can never be taken away. In this stirring and timely collection of stories, essays, poems, and letters, Jarvis Jay Masters explores the meaning of true freedom on his road to inner peace through Buddhist practice. He reveals his life as a young African American man surrounded by violence, his entanglement in the criminal justice system, and - following an encounter with Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche - an unfolding commitment to nonviolence and peacemaking. At turns joyful, heartbreaking, frightening, and soaring with profound insight, Masters’ story offers a vision of hope and the possibility of freedom in even the darkest of times.

©2020 Jarvis Jay Masters (P)2020 Shambhala Publications

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"This is one of my favorite books, which I have often referred to in my teachings. I am delighted that it will have a wider publication now so that more people can read these wonderful heartfelt stories." (Pema Chödrön)

"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) 

“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) 

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Am I alone

Such a wonderful book in regards to letting you know or reassure you that you’re not and stay on the path and be a better person

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This book was powerful and poignant. The lessons from the stories are worthwhile. Success (freedom) doesn’t come from external circumstances and material possessions. It comes realizing our common humanity, innate dignity, and that we already have freedom. The author is an exemplar of that. The narration is excellent and fits the content perfectly. I hope more of the author’s books are recorded in audio format.

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I can’t stop listening!

The writing and performance both deserve the highest accolades. I work in mental health, serving many people who’ve been through the prison and state hospital systems, but never had I felt like I’d actually had a glimpse of what the experience might truly be like until reading this phenomenal work. True artistry. Deep gratitude for all involved in making these stories available.

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Incredible

This is one of the most powerful and moving audiobooks i have listened to. Amazing, gripping, moving, and inspirational stories. And the narrator could not have been better

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  • Angharad
  • 01-01-22

Wonderful book

I really enjoyed these honest and often quite funny tellings of Jarvis’s experiences on death row and his path to Buddhism. He is an extraordinary man to become so enlightened when so much in his life was and still is against him. I really look forward to reading more of his work. He is a very inspiring man.

I especially loved the narration by Dion Graham and could happily listen to his warm voice all day long.

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  • Gemma Murtagh
  • 10-26-21

I really enjoyed this book

What a great read , a lovely spiritual message.
i really hope Jarvis & anyone reading this can find true freedom 🙏

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-21

Inspiring and gripping story

Jarvis is an inspiring example of how the Buddhist path of non harming can transform anyone , anywhere. May this book continue to benefit beings and Jarvis find freedom outside San Quentin sometime soon.