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A rare, intimate account of a world-renowned Buddhist monk’s near-death experience and the life-changing wisdom he gained as a result.
'One of the most generous, beautiful, and essential books I’ve ever read – thoroughly engaging, so clear, so honest, so courageous and full of wisdom.' George Saunders, Booker Prize-winning author of Lincoln in the Bardo
'This book makes me think enlightenment is possible and necessary.' Russell Brand
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche’s experience begins the night he has chosen to embark on a four-year wandering retreat, slipping past the monastery gates. Alone for the first time in his life, he sets out into the unknown. His initial motivation is to step away from his life of privilege and to explore the deepest, most hidden aspects of his being, but what he discovers throughout his retreat – about himself and about the world around us – comes to define his meditation practice and teaching.
Just three weeks into his retreat, Rinpoche becomes deathly ill and his journey begins in earnest through this near-death experience. Moving, beautiful and suffused with local colour, In Love with the World is the story of two different kinds of death: that of the body and that of the ego, and how we can bridge these two experiences to live a better and more fulfilling life. Rinpoche’s skilful and intimate account of his search for the self is a demonstration of how we can transform our dread of dying into joyful living.
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 that arose from an illness during a spiritual retreat in 2011. The goal of the retreat was to cast off all labels, identities, and expectations in order to make himself unfamiliar even to himself. He becomes a wandering ascetic and nearly dies from food poisoning just days after the start of his retreat. Mingyur Rinpoche meticulously recounts his states of mind and his discomfort, reporting the many subtle ways he expected his mind to function because he was considered an authority in the Buddhist community: "I needed to reexperience the continuity of change, to remember that every moment holds a chance to transcend the fixed mind." Viewing his experience through the Tibetan doctrine of the bardos (intermediate states of life and death), he explores the ways that human beings find themselves always in a state of transition, and the idea that it is the inability to let go of attachments to the self that causes suffering. By showing that even a Tibetan master struggles with everyday suffering and the fear of death, Mingyur Rinpoche's memoir instructs by frank and humbling example.