In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying

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Spiegel & Grau, 2019 - RELIGION - 288 pages
A rare, intimate account of a world-renowned Buddhist monk's near-death experience and the life-changing wisdom he gained from it

"One of the most inspiring books I have ever read."--Pema Chödrön, author of When Things Fall Apart

"This book has the potential to change the reader's life forever."--George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo

At thirty-six years old, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche was a rising star within his generation of Tibetan masters and the respected abbot of three monasteries. Then one night, telling no one, he slipped out of his monastery in India with the intention of spending the next four years on a wandering retreat, following the ancient practice of holy mendicants. His goal was to throw off his titles and roles in order to explore the deepest aspects of his being.

He immediately discovered that a lifetime of Buddhist education and practice had not prepared him to deal with dirty fellow travelers or the screeching of a railway car. He found he was too attached to his identity as a monk to remove his robes right away or to sleep on the Varanasi station floor, and instead paid for a bed in a cheap hostel. But when he ran out of money, he began his life as an itinerant beggar in earnest. Soon he became deathly ill from food poisoning--and his journey took a startling turn. His meditation practice had prepared him to face death, and now he had the opportunity to test the strength of his training.

In this powerful and unusually candid account of the inner life of a Buddhist master, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche offers us the invaluable lessons he learned from his near-death experience. By sharing with readers the meditation practices that sustain him, he shows us how we can transform our fear of dying into joyful living.

Praise for In Love with the World

"Vivid, compelling . . . This book is a rarity in spiritual literature: Reading the intimate story of this wise and devoted Buddhist monk directly infuses our own transformational journey with fresh meaning, luminosity, and life."--Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge

"In Love with the World is a magnificent story--moving and inspiring, profound and utterly human. It will certainly be a dharma classic."--Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

"This book makes me think enlightenment is possible."--Russell Brand
 

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I know a good bit about Buddhism and have studied comparative religions for fifty years. In this book, I did enjoy many of the short stories and situations highlighting the often wonderful teachings ... Read full review

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In this intimate and stirring memoir, Mingyur Rinpoche (The Joy of Living), a Tibetan master of the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma traditions, recounts the painful realizations about his own consciousness ... Read full review

Contents

Who Are You
3
RETURNING HOME
7
Acknowledge the Wave but Stay with the Ocean
11
Born with a Silver Spoon
21
Impermanence and Death
27
Letting Wisdom Arise
35
What Will You Do in the Bardo?
48
Lessons from Milarepa
53
What Is Your Happy Dream?
139
Coming Through Darkness
148
A Chance Encounter
158
Naked and Clothed
167
No Picking No Choosing 17
171
Working with Pain
177
The Four Rivers of Natural Suffering
183
Recalling the Bardos
188

Varanasi Rail Station 6
61
Emptiness Not Nothingness
73
io Iſ You See Something Say Something
83
in A Visit from Panic My Old Friend
89
A Day at the Ghats
97
Of Sleep and Dreams
111
Learning to Swim
117
Memento Mori
122
Where the Buddha Died
135
Giving Everything Away
195
When Death Is Good News
204
Awareness Never Dies
211
When the Cup Shatters
219
in the Bardo of Becoming
229
EPILoGUE
243
ACKNow LEDGMENTS
255
GLoss ARY
257
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Born in 1975 in Nubri, Nepal, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche is an eminent meditation master among the new generation of Tibetan Buddhist teachers trained outside of Tibet. Mingyur Rinpoche teaches throughout the world, with centers on five continents. He is the author of The Joy of Living: Unlocking the Secret and Science of Happiness, which has been translated into more than twenty languages, as well as Turning Confusion into Clarity: A Guide to the Foundation Practices of Tibetan Buddhism and Joyful Wisdom: Embracing Change and Finding Freedom.

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