The Buddhist on Death Row: How One Man Found Light in the

The Buddhist on Death Row: How One Man Found Light in the Darkest Place TheNew York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Boyexplores the transformation of Jarvis Jay Masters who has become one of America s most inspiring Buddhist practitioners while locked in a cell on death row Jarvis Jay Masters s early life was a horror story whose outline we know too well Born in Long Beach, California, his house was filled with crack, alcohol, physical abuse, and men who paid his mother for sex He and his siblings were split up and sent to foster care when he was five, and he progressed quickly to juvenile detention, car theft, armed robbery, and ultimately San Quentin While in prison, he was set up for the murder of a guard a conviction which landed him on death row, where he s been sinceAt the time of his murder trial, he was held in solitary confinement, torn by rage and anxiety, felled by headaches, seizures, and panic attacks A criminal investigator repeatedly offered to teach him breathing exercises which he repeatedly refused Until desperation moved him to ask her how to do that meditation shit With uncanny clarity, David Sheff describes Masters s gradual but profound transformation from a man dedicated to hurting others to one who has prevented violence on the prison yard, counseled high school kids by mail, and helped prisoners and even guards find meaning in their lives Along the way, Masters becomes drawn to the principles that Buddhism espouses compassion, sacrifice, and living in the moment and he gains the admiration of Buddhists worldwide, including many of the faith s most renowned practitioners And while he is still in San Quentin and still on death row, he is a renowned Buddhist thinker who shows us how to ease our everyday suffering, relish the light that surrounds us, and endure the tragedies that befall us all


10 thoughts on “The Buddhist on Death Row: How One Man Found Light in the Darkest Place

  1. says:

    Jarvis Jay Masters a convicted prisoner on death row in San Quentin Prison finds Buddhism He s in one of the most horrendous places with the least amount of hope available and yet he spreads hope peace and a bit of happiness The books was heartbreaking He claims his innocence, the crime committed was not him but another We hear of his thirty years of life be


  2. says:

    An easy read, simply told Its beauty is in its simplicity.


  3. says:

    Where do I start The Buddhist on Death Row has to be one of the absolute best books I have read in a very very long time David Sheff does a stupendous job bringing you into the true story of Death Row inmate Jay Masters Butthan that, as you are reading the life changing realizations Master s was taught by Great Buddhist Teachers you yourself begin to have awak


  4. says:

    This was a book that I picked up and I could not put down This book resonated with me for a few reasons For one, I love reading non fiction stories that relate to the prison system, and for two, I have just started studying Buddhism a year ago.I became interested in Buddhism through the spiritual practice of Yoga I really connected with the fact that Buddhists


  5. says:

    Jarvis Jay Masters was convicted in 1990 and sentenced to death for the murder of a San Quentin prison guard He was sent to back to the prison to await the carrying out of his sentence He spent the next 22 years in solitary confinement The transformation from a man of rage to a man of peace is a journey toward conversion to the principles of Buddhism.In this exc


  6. says:

    Won as a giveaway on goodreads I enjoyed this book and found it very interesting I did not know alot about Buddhism before this.


  7. says:

    Received as an ARC from the publisher Started 2 29 20 Finished 3 1 20 Fascinating, inspiring, andenlightening book about Jarvis Jay Masters, a convict in San Quentin Prison who discovers Buddhism which then enables him to deal with his 30 years on death row for a crime he didn t commit He did do plenty of previous crimes but he was set up for the one that got him


  8. says:

    A very inspiring story as well as a good introduction to Buddhist practices and meditation For such a slim book, it got a bit repetitive but that did little to detract from the overall message or from the amazing person that is Jarvis Jay Masters.


  9. says:

    Thank you to Net Galley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Wow, did this book make me think hard about my own life Jarvis Jay Masters has been on death row at San Quentin since he was 19, and he is now 49 Soon after entering prison, Masters met a woman who introduced him to Buddhism and to say that changed his life is


  10. says:

    Read about 50% and decided I d like to read Jarvis Jay Masters in his own words Of what I read, an absolutely engaging read about Buddhism and meditation as a tool for survival, for recovery from trauma, and a path from reacting to our own suffering caused by others towards recognizing the inherent suffering surrounding us and trying to minimize it.


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