Freedom In Bondage: The Life and Teachings of Adeu Rinpoche

Adeu Rinpoche

Language: English

Pages: 95

ISBN: 2:00355735

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Adeu Rinpoche’s story is not about the horrors he endured under the Communist takeover of Tibet--he himself notes that many other people underwent much worse hardships, not to mention all those that died--but rather the way in which he told his tale. While describing what happened to him and many others, how he survived and finally his release from prison he spoke in a straightforward, dignified manner without any resentment, anger or sadness. He never added mental anguish on top of an already untenable experience. He viewed what happened to him as a ripening of his own individual karma, he accepted responsibility for the abuse he suffered; in fact, he repeatedly stated that each person suffered according to their own karma, as he said, “I felt that whatever befalls you is a ripening of the specific karma that you created in the past.”
Adeu Rinpoche took the trauma and suffering as an opportunity not only to accept the vicissitudes of life without bitterness but also to transcend the unjust treatment by not harboring ill-will against the perpetrators, instead developing compassion for them. In the end he turned suffering into happiness, for even while imprisoned he was able to meet many great masters, receive teachings from them and even do some serious practice. It is truly inspiring that people exist in our world with such profound realization and accomplishment—they are examples to us all.

This tale together with wonderful teachings presents a compassionate and wise face to the hardship Adeu Rinpoche and so many others endured and triumphed over. It is a banquet of realization, pith instructions and dignity.

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protection cords, amulets, and blessing for their weapons, which I gave them. The general asked if we had any weapons; since we did not, after a long discussion he offered us ten rifles in case we needed to defend ourselves. Since we were all monks and no one knew how to handle a firearm, we kindly turned down his offer. Upon hearing this, the general then presented us with five of his men to escort us safely on our journey. However, it turned out that none of these men knew how to shoot, either.

to the next, we would get up at dawn and walk the whole day. It was very difficult and painful. Not only were our legs sore, but they started to become swollen as well. They got really bloated. Our feet were badly blistered and the sores oozed with blood. Everyone, even the strongest and fittest of us, suffered unbelievably. Eventually we reached a well-fortified compound surrounded by barbed wire. We were all locked inside the enclosure, where we remained for three days. Everybody was in

that seal, and four with other seals, I was below all these. However the Chinese had no way to discern lamas with qualities of learning and realization, so these practitioners escaped detection. Even though the Chinese tried to figure out who they were, for the most part, they were unsuccessful. In prison camp, there were many rules that had to be obeyed very conscientiously. If religious followers broke one of these rules, they were punished much more severely than others. They kept a close eye

receive detailed instructions in an orderly fashion, so we did it on the sly, in bits and pieces, which I got over a long stretch of time. Eventually, I got all the teachings on the preliminary practices, rushen, Trekchö, and Tögal, as well as the mingling of the threefold sky. Lama Rigzin had memorized all these teachings; I, however, had to write them all down in tiny characters on little scraps of paper. One day Lama Rigzin told me, “I had a dream about you. I dreamt that you had a rosary

someone’s robe. A few minutes later the robe started to move and turned into a snake. He then said, “Okay, the protectors are now inside the prison so you can take your robe back.” He was a very skilled artist and at one point said, “I have a present for you,” then he gave me a beautiful line drawing of Samantabhadra with consort. Then from memory he recited the Guru Yoga of Padmasambhava written by Mipham Rinpoche called Shower of Blessings, based on the Seven Line Supplication. In return he

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