A rare, intimate account of a world-renowned Buddhist monk's near-death experience and the life-changing wisdom he gained from it.
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, give up the privileges he had always known, and engage in an "ego-killing mission" in order to explore the deepest aspects of his own being and move beyond the grasping self. Yet he immediately discovered that his training had not prepared him to deal with his dirty fellow travelers, or the screeching of the train. He had trouble shedding his monk's robes and paid for a cheap hostel rather than sleep on the station floor. Soon he became deathly ill from food poisoning—and his journey took a startling turn. His lifelong meditation practice had prepared him for facing death, and he now had the opportunity to test the strength of his training.
In a dramatic unfolding, he survived, and the invaluable lessons he learned from his near-death experience—how we can transform our fear of dying into joyful living—are profound, moving, and relevant to all of our lives. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche here offers an unusually candid and personal glimpse into the mind and life of a Buddhist master, providing meditation lessons along the way and demonstrating how facing little deaths every day can teach us to live without fear.
This memoir by the author of the New York Times bestseller The Joy of Living has the feel of a spiritual classic but with an urgent and timely message for today's challenging world.
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