Around the year 2000, the poet and journalist, Lukáš Marvan (1962), arrived at a decision to rebuild his life from the ground up. He accepted the teachings of the Buddha and became a monk. A six-month stay in a monastery in Sri Lanka showed him the outside world as the “vanity fair”. Marvan divorced, left the capital for the North Bohemian city of Ústí nad Labem, remarried – and, above all understood that the key to everything is himself – to freedom, to happiness, to love. The book is a poetic guide to personal transformation, a report on the gradual replacement of unnecessary bodily things with useful things of the spirit. Written with passion and humility but also with the necessary doubt. Since 1993, Marvan published six acclaimed books of poetry and prose called Mnich (2004). Glimpses of Freedom are loosely linked to this work of prose.