In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dyingby Published 07 May 2019
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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.
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An intimate teaching story
A first-person narrative of the author’s coming to terms with the teachings of his traditions. Written clearly and without pretending.
p1-adding wood to the fire
c1 who are you
labels' value change along time
under challenge of fire, normal awareness to meditative aware
to pure aware, as from dual to single
c2 acknowledge the wave but stay with the ocean
remember the constant
original questions:reaction ture?assumption correct?where
unpleasant feelings,not run away, not manipulate to pleasant,
just stay with what is with whatever arises
c3 born with a silver spoon
c4 impermanence and death
don't cling to things that don't last
keep the view as vast as space, keep your actionss as fine as
come in terms with physical death with everyday minideath
c5 letting wisdom arise
bad ego/good ego
four stages of wave experience
invite death, welcome birth
c6 what will you do in the bardo
bardo as interval between death and birth
c7 lessons from milarepa
c8 varanasi rail station
c9 emptiness not nothingness
name as denotation
mistaking impermanance to permanance is the primary cause of
c10 if you see something say something
c11 a visit from panic my old friend
fist come panic, then is wisdom
every emotions is already free in and of itself
let it be, then it leaves
when me immutable, ego bad; when I without attachment,ego good
c12 a day at the ghats
not push away, not invite, attachment would dissolve
acknowledge minideath, birth comes with ease
c13 of sleeps and dreams
c14 learning to swim
c15 memonto mori
discover what's already there
c16 where the buddha die
c17 what is your happy dream
c18 coming through darkness
don't hold tight to things that can't really be held
c19 a chance encounter
creativity means staying open to change and risking failure
c20 naked and clothed
c21 no picking no choosing
c22 working with pain
neutral attitude towards pain, it would reduce suffering
c23 the four rivers of natural suffering
birth, aging, sick, death
you can learn to live with death, to make yourself bigger than
this loss. Then you can hold the sadness and not drown in
c24 recalling the bardos
c25 giving everything away
imporntant to acknow- feelings without drowning in stories
giving with no self-reference
offer something with offering emptiness
c26 when death is good news
physical death helps enlightment helps helping others
c27 awareness never dies
child luminasity and mother luminasity
c28 when the cup shatters
it's not his time to die
c29 in the bardo of becoming
ready to die every day, free of embarrasment, welcome natural
flow of change
accept impermanance is the key
Ming-yur believes that our minds are fundamentally good. It's basic nature is already full of wisdom, intelligence, and compassion. He believes that the human mind is intrinsically empty, a mirror in which every appears. This is the non-duality teaching of the buddhism that I'm struggling to accept and adopt myself. Born a dharma-prince Ming-yur grows tired of the luxury, secluded life he leads up until his early thirties. He has been on few long-term retreats, typically no more than 2-3 years but this time he leaves everything behind, his status, wealth, comfort, and family and commit himself to a wandering retreat at the end of which he is saved by the Asian Man he helped understand how to meditate. The Asian Man is a tech executive from Silicon Valley who struggled to find meaning in his life of privilege. Ming-yur challenges his own identity -- "I was not my name, title, or status. that the essential me cannot be defined by rank or role" and tells story of Nagasena. His conversation with the king who asks who he is is particularly note-worthy. When asked who he is Nagasena answers that his name is merely a denotation a matter of conversational usage there is no individual found here.
The normal awareness is often cluttered, filled with concepts and preferences. "The five senses always report neutral information" but our colored lenses through which we interpret these information makes us suffer.
"until I was willing to fail, to really fall on my face, I couldn't do anything"
"the space between breath and thoughts"
In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Helen Tworkov. Nonfiction. Kindle Edition. Published 07 May 2019. 5 Stars.
Superb. An intense, introspective and one-of-a-kind memoir as Rinpoche takes us through his soul-searching journey from ego and physical death to his amazing emergence from its ashes. You’ll find yourself in the capable hands of a passionate and seasoned teacher as he generously shares his journey and practices from overcoming anxiety to a miraculous rebirth. This book is a pungent observation of human frailty through an enlightenment process that does not surrender its wisdom easily. Transmuted to gold by the crucible of life, he emerges with a truth as ancient and glowing as the Buddha himself. Highly recommend!
“I am a monk; a son, a brother, and an uncle; a Buddhist; a meditation teacher; a tulku, an abbot, and an author; a Tibetan Nepali; a human being. Which one describes the essential me?”
In 2011 Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche left a note on his bed, walked out of his monastery in India and began a four year wandering retreat.
Inspired by Tibetan Buddhist Yogis of the past, he aspired to achieve enlightenment and experience his true Buddha nature.
Following the Tibetan principle of ‘adding wood to the fire’ he deliberately embraced difficult situations to work with them directly to reveal his Buddha nature.
Little did he realise that within days he would be facing his own death.
This book is part travelogue, part memoir and teachings on the Bardos - how we face the transitions and changes in our lives. Including the transition from life to death.
Thank you to NetGalley for the advance copy.