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

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

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...

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  • Producervan in Cornville, AZ from New Orleans & L.A.

    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 fr

    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!

  • Dorie

    In Love With The World : A Monks Journey Through The Bardos of Living and Dying

    by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

    due 5-7-2019

    Random House/Spiegel & Gran

    5.0 / 5.0

    Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche began studying Tibetan Buddhism and attending retreats to help learn how to deal with death. A bardo believes the stage between dying and rebirth is becoming. Yongey felt it would help him come closer to the state of Pure Awareness. Yongey went on a retreat and became deathly ill with food poisoning. He was told

    In Love With The World : A Monks Journey Through The Bardos of Living and Dying

    by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche

    due 5-7-2019

    Random House/Spiegel & Gran

    5.0 / 5.0

    Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche began studying Tibetan Buddhism and attending retreats to help learn how to deal with death. A bardo believes the stage between ´dying´ and ´rebirth´ is ´becoming´. Yongey felt it would help him come closer to the state of Pure Awareness. Yongey went on a retreat and became deathly ill with food poisoning. He was told he might die. Yongey was able to use his studies to practice his training with living with death.

    This is beautifully written and presented in a way that is easy to understand and follow. The idea of perpetual awareness-staying open to the moment-not grasping for permanence....the idea that everything you ever wanted is here in your present moment of awareness really resonate with me. Its one of the reasons I began studying Buddhism years ago. When we attempt to equate productivity with success, to grasp on to life, make them solid and we begin to lose ourselves. The trick is to stay open and accepting to the present.

    I loves this...its a great introduction to an awesome mindset.

    Thanks to the publisher and author for this e-book ARC for review.

    #netgalley #InLoveWithTheWorld

  • Debra

    “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’

    “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.

  • Paul Oppenheimer

    A first-person narrative of the author’s coming to terms with the teachings of his traditions. Written clearly and without pretending.

  • Teri Temme

    "...pause and notice what we already have..."

  • Daniel Lee

    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

    from?

    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 do

    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

    from?

    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

    flour

    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

    surffering

    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

    p2-returning home

    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

    sorrow.

    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

    epilogue

    accept impermanance is the key

  • Anneke

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

    Author: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Helen Tworkov

    Publisher: Random House Spiegel & Grau

    Publication Date: May 7, 2019

    Review Date: March 30, 2019

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the blurb:

    “A rare, intimate account of a world-renowned Buddhist monk’s near-death experience and the life-changing wisdom he gained from it.”

    This is a fantastic book for T

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

    Author: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche and Helen Tworkov

    Publisher: Random House Spiegel & Grau

    Publication Date: May 7, 2019

    Review Date: March 30, 2019

    I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the blurb:

    “A rare, intimate account of a world-renowned Buddhist monk’s near-death experience and the life-changing wisdom he gained from it.”

    This is a fantastic book for Tibetan Buddhism students. When I requested the book on NetGalley, I was under the impression that it was a biography and memoir. That was how it was labeled. I am not a student of Tibetan Buddhism, or any type of Buddhism for that matter.

    It turned out that the book is primarily a teaching book for Tibetan Buddhist students, based on the Rinpoche’s illness and near-death experience.

    So, I was disappointed, as I was more interested in memoir, in his life story, then the teachings he presented.

    The writing is clear; the story was interesting. I was not interested in the teachings, and was impatient for the story to continue.

    So…if you are a Tibetan Buddhist student, this may be a book you’d very much want to read. If you want to read a memoir/biography, I’d give this book a pass. Unless you want to learn about Tibetan Buddhism.

    If I had purchased this book, thinking I had bought a memoir. I would have been disappointed and less than happy.

    With these caveats, I give the book 3 1/2-4 stars. 5 Stars if you want to read about Tibetan Buddhism.

    Thank you to Random House for allowing me an early look at this book.

    This review will be posted on NetGalley, Goodreads and Amazon.

    #netgalley #randomhouse #tibetanbuddhism

  • Krystal

    This is a tricky one to rate.

    the Monk's journey (or, the beginning of it) and Buddhist teachings on life and death.

    I think it was the contrast between the two that made this such a slow read for me, because it's two topics I'm rather fascinated by but it was jarring to switch between the two constantly with this book.

    Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche has lived his life as a Buddhist monk in relative comfort and luxury. He has risen through ranks with dedicat

    This is a tricky one to rate.

    the Monk's journey (or, the beginning of it) and Buddhist teachings on life and death.

    I think it was the contrast between the two that made this such a slow read for me, because it's two topics I'm rather fascinated by but it was jarring to switch between the two constantly with this book.

    Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche has lived his life as a Buddhist monk in relative comfort and luxury. He has risen through ranks with dedication to the teachings of Buddhist ways and is highly respected and thus treated with considerable respect. However he's decided it's time to discover how to 'be comfortable being uncomfortable' (my words, not his) so he sneaks out of the monastery compound with little money and possessions and sets out to explore. This book follows the first leg of his journey, where he sleeps at a train station for a few nights then moves on to a Buddhist site (sorry, the names are all a thousand letters long and hard to pronounce, so equally hard to remember and attempt to spell) where he eventually becomes sick.

    The plug of the novel is what this book can teach you from his experience of nearly dying, but the near-death occurrence doesn't happen until nearly 200 pages in. So a lot of this book is spent waiting for things to take that dark turn, and when it does it's kind of ... underwhelming.

    This guy

    and here I am talking about how his relating the experience was underwhelming!

    But he's just so CHILL about it! It was really interesting but also I was just so baffled that he did nothing except meditate on it. I'm not reaching enlightenment any time soon, my sense of self-preservation is way too strong.

    To be honest, I would have been really fascinated to read about his entire 'wander', since he apparently wandered for four years, and this only detailed a few weeks or so. It was fascinating to read about how his teachings comforted him (or didn't) when faced with unique experiences.

    However, the story itself was constantly interrupted by ...

    While there were some interesting ideas amongst it all, this is

    . It is pages and pages of walls of text and it is full of concepts that kind of start by making sense but drift into me wondering where I lost the thread.

    It was kind of like a race-car driver trying to explain to a two-year-old how to drive. With instructions like, 'the accelerator makes you move so you just stick your foot on it and drive' but the kid doesn't even know what any of those words mean.

    It's me. I'm the kid.

    I tried really hard to follow all the stuff about bardos and in-between and dying every day etc but in the end I honestly had no fkn clue what this dude was talking about. He's just so used to his way of life that it's impossible for him to dumb it down because he already thinks he is.

    That was my impression, anyway. Perhaps people smarter than me, or with more experience of Buddhist teachings, will appreciate his message a little more.

    So the story itself was a 4-star, but way too bogged down by the teachings. And the ideas in the teachings were about a 3-star, but then they were too dense for my dense mind to understand so the delivery was 2-star.

    So overall I guess we have a 3-star novel with an interesting story, interesting ideas, but a slow, tedious, confusing sort of delivery.

    Not one to read on a whim, friends, but if you want some deep insight into Buddhist living this account is well worth a read.

  • Teo 2050

    Mingyur Rinpoche (2019) (09:48) In Love with the World - A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying

    Prologue

    Part I: Adding Wood to the Fire

    01. Who Are You?

    02. Acknowledge the Wave but Stay with the Ocean

    03. Born with a Silver Spoon

    04. Impermanence and Death

    05. Letting Wisdom Arise

    06. What Will You Do in the Bardo?

    07. Lessons from Milarepa

    08. Varanasi Rail Station

    09. Emptiness, Not Nothingness

    10. If You See Something, Say Something

    11. A Visit from Panic, My Old Friend

    12. A Day

    Mingyur Rinpoche (2019) (09:48) In Love with the World - A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying

    Prologue

    Part I: Adding Wood to the Fire

    01. Who Are You?

    02. Acknowledge the Wave but Stay with the Ocean

    03. Born with a Silver Spoon

    04. Impermanence and Death

    05. Letting Wisdom Arise

    06. What Will You Do in the Bardo?

    07. Lessons from Milarepa

    08. Varanasi Rail Station

    09. Emptiness, Not Nothingness

    10. If You See Something, Say Something

    11. A Visit from Panic, My Old Friend

    12. A Day at the Ghats

    13. Of Sleep and Dreams

    14. Learning to Swim

    15. Memento Mori

    Part II: Returning Home

    16. Where the Buddha Died

    17. What Is Your Happy Dream?

    18. Coming Through Darkness

    19. A Chance Encounter

    20. Naked and Clothed

    21. No Picking, No Choosing

    22. Working with Pain

    23. The Four Rivers of Natural Suffering

    24. Recalling the Bardos

    25. Giving Everything Away

    26. When Death Is Good News

    27. Awareness Never Dies

    28. When the Cup Shatters

    29. In the Bardo of Becoming

    Epilogue

    Acknowledgments

    Glossary

  • Dawn Tessman

    The story of a monk who sheds himself of all his worldly possessions and creature comforts to go on a wandering retreat in search of enlightenment. Unfortunately, for me, the book seemed to be more focused on Buddhist practices and teachings than the monk’s journey. The beginning is so promising, filled with the rich imagery and excitement of Mingyur Rinpoche’s clandestine departure from his monastery. But, then, the story quickly loses all its charm by bogging the reader down in lessons of the

    The story of a monk who sheds himself of all his worldly possessions and creature comforts to go on a wandering retreat in search of enlightenment. Unfortunately, for me, the book seemed to be more focused on Buddhist practices and teachings than the monk’s journey. The beginning is so promising, filled with the rich imagery and excitement of Mingyur Rinpoche’s clandestine departure from his monastery. But, then, the story quickly loses all its charm by bogging the reader down in lessons of the most exhausting detail. Additionally, the rambling, repetitive nature of the writing simply caused me to lose interest altogether, making it a chore to finish the book. Beyond that, I found Mingyur Rinpoche to be unbearably whiny at times, likely the result of the pampered lifestyle he led up to the retreat. That said, I did appreciate his complete honesty in the telling of his experiences and felt I could have learned much from his keen insights if only the writing had been better. Finally, I really wish the book would have covered more of Mingyur Rinpoche’s 5-year journey and not just the first 6 months.

    In short, both tedious and enlightening - worthwhile if you are interested in obtaining a better understanding of Buddhism, but not if you are looking for a biographical account of Mingyur Rinpoche’s life.

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