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The Revolutionary Life of Freda Bedi

British Feminist, Indian Nationalist, Buddhist Nun
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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A fascinating biography of Freda Bedi, an English woman who broke all the rules of gender, race, and religious background to become both a revolutionary in the fight for Indian independence and then a Buddhist icon.

She was the first Western woman to become a Tibetan Buddhist nun - but that pioneering ordination was really just one in a life full of revolutionary acts. Freda Bedi (1911-1977) broke the rules of gender, race, and religion - in many cases before it was thought that the rules were ready to be challenged. She was at various times a force in the struggle for Indian independence, a spiritual seeker, a scholar, a professor, a journalist, an author, a social worker, a wife, and mother of four children. She counted among her friends, colleagues, and teachers Mohandas Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and many others. She was a woman of spiritual focus and compassion who was also not without contradictions. Vicki Mackenzie gives a nuanced view of Bedi and of the forces that shaped and motivated this complex and compelling figure.

Cover image courtesy of Bedi Family Archives

©2017 Vicki Mackenzie (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • 07-21-18

Extremely interesting

I enjoyed it very much, found it extremely interesting, what a woman, what a life.
The sheer quest and determination is remarkable.
I am happy that her work has been recorded. I wished I could of met her. Beautiful book...

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  • 05-11-18

Great

A great story and truly inspiration. A story that should be well known and have been written years before