A fascinating biography of Freda Bedi, an English woman who broke all the rules of gender, race, and religious background to become both a revolutionary in the fight for Indian independence and then a Buddhist icon. She was the first Western woman to become a Tibetan Buddhist nun—but that pioneering ordination was really just one in a life full of revolutionary acts. Freda Bedi (1911–1977) broke the rules of gender, race, and religion—in many cases before it was thought that the rules were ready to be challenged. She was at various times a force in the struggle for Indian independence, spiritual seeker, scholar, professor, journalist, author, social worker, wife, and mother of four children. She counted among her friends, colleagues, and teachers Mohandas Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, and many others. She was a woman of spiritual focus and compassion who was also not without contradictions. Vicki Mackenzie gives a nuanced view of Bedi and of the forces that shaped and motivated this complex and compelling figure.
Author: Marilyn Ekdahl Ravicz PhD
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release Date: 2018-10-12
A Promise Kept: Memoir of Tibetans in India is a collaborative work between Germaine Krull and her friend Marilyn Ekdahl Ravicz. Although a great photographer, Germaine was European and wrote English poorly. For this reason, she entrusted her memoir manuscript to Marilyn. Germaine requested that Marilyn promise to edit and rewrite it for publication so others could share her experiences. As promised, Marilyn offers Germaine’s A Promise Kept to you. Enjoy reading about his holiness Sakya Trizin, his family, and their lives in India. Share their trials, adaptations, and amazing social and religious rebirth as refugee Tibetans.