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Set Free: A Life-Changing Journey from Banking to Buddhism in Bhutan Paperback – 10 Apr 2017
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‘It’s an amazing story and what’s most remarkable about it is the personality of Slade herself. She is an exceptional individual’(Suzi Feay, Literary Journalist)
'This is an amazing woman with an amazing story' (Davina McCall)
‘This book chronicles the gradual transformation from a high-flying financial advisor to a committed Buddhist nun through the course of work, relationships, motherhood and finally spiritual commitment. A good read for all those involved in practising a spiritual path in a western context.’(Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, author, teacher and Buddhist nun) See all Product description
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She was already rather unusual in combining the international lifestyle of a highly paid City analyst with that of being a yoga teacher, but no-one could have predicted the outcome of her searches.
In fact, as we all know now, after going on retreats and doing a lot of studying, she decided in the end to become a Buddhist nun, having had ('endured'?) a long and arduous training from her Lama, and this remarkable book charts her journey in detail. She doesn't hide anything from us - we learn about her family, her son, her travels, her difficulties and her decisions. It's a ripping read, too.
Meeting her again now, in her full rig as a nun, in saffron and crimson robes, with her beautiful blonde hair all shaved off, and sandals on her feet even in the cold of a reluctant spring time, is partly shocking and partly very uplifting.
It also has funny passages. I laughed at the notion of her yoga classes given to other Buddhist nuns - how on earth do they manage all the asanas wrapped in their slippy robes?
And the thought of her diligence in obeying her Lama's instructions to perform various rituals 110,000 times - oh my! I don't think I could do that.Read more ›
Much Metta to Emma and to her son Oliver and to all in Bhutan and her family. Her story after Jakarta really shows you that you can move on from trauma. It isn't an easy ride or a quick fix, Emma has turned her life into helping others and her own spiritual growth.
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Interesting story which sags (for me) in the middle. The opening is tense as the writer is subjected to a random act of terror in a hotel overseas. Read morePublished 7 days ago by D. J. MELHUISH
I got a bit bored half way seemed quite selfish as we all have tragedies but still carry on,doing what we have toPublished 14 days ago by Patsy Dobson
The original order did not arrive. Customer service was excellent. We received another copy a few days later. Ironically, the first one then turned up! We are sending it back. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Richard Newman
I heard Emma on the radio, found her life story intriguing and (unusually for me!) resolved to buy her book on the strength of that short interview. Read morePublished 21 days ago by alikat