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Freedom in Bondage: The Life and Teachings of Adeu Rinpoche [Paperback]

Adeu Rinpoche , Tsoknyi Rinpoche , Marcia Binder Schmidt , Erik Pema Kunsang

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Sept. 20 2011
Adeu Rinpoche’s life was extraordinary from the beginning. He was recognized by an incarnation of the previous Adeu Rinpoche and enthroned at the age of seven as the Eighth Adeu Rinpoche. As a child and teenager he mastered writing, calligraphy, poetry, astrology, mandala painting, prayer, and meditation. Then, in 1958 at the age of twenty-seven, his monastery was attacked and all sacred texts and statues were completely destroyed by the Chinese as part of the Cultural Revolution. Sentenced to fifteen years in prison for his religious beliefs, the author was sent to a remote labor camp, where he watched many of his friends die under the harsh conditions. But imprisonment had an unexpected blessing: he met many accomplished masters, including the late Khenpo Munsel, and learned many practices from them.

Freedom in Bondage
offers a portrait of the life and philosophy of one of the twentieth century’s most respected meditation masters—his early training in spiritual practices, his flight and capture, interrogation and sentencing, and the years in prison. His voice is calm and nonjudgmental, uplifting the reader with his compassion for his captors. The title captures the author’s inner liberation in a dire situation.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (Sept. 20 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9627341665
  • ISBN-13: 978-9627341666
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 13.9 x 21.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #573,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Adeu Rinpoche (1931–2007) worked tirelessly after his release to rebuild the Tsechu Gonpa monastery, and to revive the Drukpa Kagyü lineage. Erik Pema Kunsang lives in Denmark. Tsoknyi Rinpoche lives in Crestone, CO, and Nepal. Marcia Binder Schmidt lives in Albion, CA, and Nepal.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Humbling Sept. 21 2011
By Pau - Published on Amazon.com
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An auspicious beginning: my new Kindle charging cord arrived yesterday, and this pre-ordered book arrived the moment I powered up.

This book glows with a deep wisdom. Knowing little about the author at first, I ordered it expecting it to be more of a personal history of the Maoist Gulag. Boy, was I was wrong. Rinpoche is a continuation of a long line of Tibetans who perfectly exemplify enlightened living: what he's lived and attained is the lesson here. Surrounded by 15 years of atrocities and blood, he many other lamas practice diligently and cultivate bodhichitta and understanding; in the midst of untold thousands of deaths, they still witness and celebrate rainbow bodies.

The earlier part of the book is a series of connected lectures, with Q&A at the end of the chapters. The author's direct style and command of the material easily kept me focussed on the underlying simplicity and unity of Dzogchen and Mahamudra, without using any over-my-head philosophical concepts. And the way to make that as easy to experience as it is to say , he adds, is to practice, practice, practice. He offers several mental exercises for developing and stabiizing rigpa, as well as this promise: "This may sound like a distant dream to you, yet if you train diligently it is definitely possible." and we don't have to do it in a concentration camp.

Adeu Rinpoche writes so effectively because, referring to Patrul Rinpoche, "when rigpa has been stabilized, then all activities will unfold as an expression of awareness ... even writing is brought out of the treasure mind of the dharmakaya." A treat for the reader.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enduring Source of Inspiration for me Sept. 4 2013
By John W. Lowe - Published on Amazon.com
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Full disclosure: Years ago I received teachings from Adeu Rinpoche. His reply to my question during the Q and A after his lecture helped me to make a big decision in my life. The book itself describes his experiences as a prisoner of the Chinese Communists for many years and how he was able to maintain his dharma practice.

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