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The Resource The Buddhist on death row, David Sheff

The Buddhist on death row, David Sheff

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The Buddhist on death row
Title
The Buddhist on death row
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David Sheff
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Buddhist on death row
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how one man found light in the darkest place
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
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 since 1990. At 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. 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, counselled high school kids by mail, and helped prisoners and even guards find meaning in their lives. Along the way, Masters becomes drawn to the Buddhist principles compassion, sacrifice, and living in the moment and gains the admiration of Buddhists worldwide. And while he is still in San Quentin and still on death row, he shows us all how to ease our everyday suffering, relish the light that surrounds us, and endure the tragedies that befall us all
Biography type
individual biography
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Sheff, David
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Masters, Jarvis Jay
  • California State Prison at San Quentin
  • Buddhists
  • Death row inmates
  • Prisoners
Target audience
adult
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The Buddhist on death row, David Sheff
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xxi, 249 pages
Isbn
9780008395445
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Label
The Buddhist on death row, David Sheff
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xxi, 249 pages
Isbn
9780008395445
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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