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.
In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying Reviews
If you’re hoping for an exotic travelogue, this may not be your book. But, if you want a remarkably candid and intimate first hand look at the inner life of an authentic and well-respected Buddhist teacher - and a clear and accessible teaching on recognizing and experiencing the bardos within your present life and experience - you won’t be disappointed.
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.
This book is absolutely fabulous. The insights and wisdom shared by Mingyur Rinpoche are endless. I listened to this book on Audible and after chapter 1 purchased it in hard copy as it is lesson upon lesson of how to move beyond everything you identify with source your identity from pure awareness. I laughed, I got sweaty palms as he had to beg for his first meal...I cried as he wrestled with the decision for life or death. This book is beauty, love and wisdom. It is a must read for life!
From the blurb/seeing the author talk, I was expecting a travelogue of his four-year wandering retreat; instead, this was a deep dive into the first couple weeks, from leaving the monastery to a near-death experience, and what these experiences taught him about impermanence, emptiness, and dying. After the initial surprise wore off, this made enough sense – it did a nice job of illuminating the spiritual lessons that can be learned from everyday moments and in adversity.
I probably would have benefited from a deeper knowledge of Tibetan Buddhist theology going in, but it's written clearly enough for a broad audience, so despite some perhaps unavoidable density, I could generally get the picture well enough. All in all, lots of food for thought – I think the overall message, to embrace life's impermanence, is a great counterpoint in a culture that prefers not to think about it.
This is probably the best dharma book I've read since I started practicing. I'm not as familiar with Tibetian practices than other forms of mindfulness meditation, so some of the book required some translation. But Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche has a very unique and powerful mind, and the most amazing parts of this book was simply watching him as he struggled with the defilements and embraced emptiness.