Finding Freedom: How Death Row Broke and Opened My Heart

Category: Book
Introduction By: Chavis, Melody Ermachild
Foreword By: Chodron, Pema
By (author): Masters, Jarvis
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Criminals & Outlaws
  RELIGION / Buddhism / General (see also PHILOSOPHY / Buddhist)
Publisher: Shambhala
Published: July 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 8.50in x 5.50in x 0.50in
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From The Publisher*A remarkable story of personal transformation and spiritual awakening from a Buddhist man on death row.

There are many forms of liberation--some that exist at the mercy of circumstance and others that can never be taken away. In this collection of stories, essays, poems, and letters from death-row inmate Jarvis Jay Masters, he explores the meaning of true freedom on his road to inner peace through Buddhist practice. He reveals the life of a young 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's story offers a vision of hope and the possibility of freedom in even the darkest of times.
Review Quote*"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."-from the foreword by 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, 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 
Biographical NoteJarvis Jay Masters is an inmate on death row at San Quentin prison after being convicted of conspiracy in the murder of a prison guard in 1990. The author of That Bird Has My Wings: The Autobiography of an Innocent Man on Death Row as well as numerous articles, he won a PEN Award in 1992 for his poem "Recipe for Prison Pruno." There is a large-scale campaign to advocate his innocence and work within the legal system to free him.