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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 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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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 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.

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul Oppenheimer

    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.

  2. 5 out of 5

    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

  3. 5 out of 5

    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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    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

  5. 5 out of 5

    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!

  6. 4 out of 5

    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

  7. 5 out of 5

    Teo 2050

    Contents 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 Contents 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

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    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 ben 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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kristine

    In Love with the World by Yonget Mingyur Rinpoche is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early May. The writings of Rinpoche, a Buddhist monk on retreat/sabbatical to study other religions and end-of-life rituals in Asia. It has some elements of The Celestine Prophecy where the journey is the book’s way of conveying lessons and teachings (i.e. chaptered vignettes on mindfulness, facing and acknowledging anxious thoughts and transgressions, impermanence, experiencing both awareness and emptiness In Love with the World by Yonget Mingyur Rinpoche is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early May. The writings of Rinpoche, a Buddhist monk on retreat/sabbatical to study other religions and end-of-life rituals in Asia. It has some elements of The Celestine Prophecy where the journey is the book’s way of conveying lessons and teachings (i.e. chaptered vignettes on mindfulness, facing and acknowledging anxious thoughts and transgressions, impermanence, experiencing both awareness and emptiness).

  10. 5 out of 5

    ag Berg

    Loved this book! I have been following Mingyur Rinpoche for about 6 years. He was on his long retreat when I first learned about him, Tergar, and Tibetan buddhism. This book brings meditation to our everyday lives. Rinpoche explains it in terms of life's ups and downs and how meditation can change your life, perspective of life and how you view the world. I am so glad he survived and has come back to share his knowledge. Anyone interested in meditation should look him up, his videos are great fo Loved this book! I have been following Mingyur Rinpoche for about 6 years. He was on his long retreat when I first learned about him, Tergar, and Tibetan buddhism. This book brings meditation to our everyday lives. Rinpoche explains it in terms of life's ups and downs and how meditation can change your life, perspective of life and how you view the world. I am so glad he survived and has come back to share his knowledge. Anyone interested in meditation should look him up, his videos are great for starting a meditation practice. He has a wonderful sense of humor and great way of instructing different ways of meditation. His own experiences with mastering mediation let you know that it is a process uniquely individual.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    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!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Roger Whitson

    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.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Bram

    Near death experience and a primer on Tibetan Buddhism Mingyur Rinpoche has written a captivating memoir about his first wandering pilgrimage. He describes secretly leaving his monastery and the challenges (including a near death experience) he encountered, while weaving in a great primer of Tibetan Buddhism.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Richard Ladew

    There is a lot to process here, and I highly recommend it! It’s not a typical meditation instruction manual, nor is it solely a collection of dharma talks. It’s really interesting how this book is a hybrid of meditation practice and an adventure story of gaining wisdom, (perhaps even enlightenment?) from leaving absolutely everything and everyone behind in your life.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mike Morris

    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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Saurav

    Great read. A wonderful journey of Mingyur Rinpoche. But the book is much than that. It gives lots of suggestions on meditation plus covers lots of Buddhist philosophy. I enjoyed it very much.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Baker

    Lots of teaching inside his personal story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sushil

    I found it difficult to grasp all the concepts..I had listened to audiobook..

  19. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    Possibly the most amazing, important Buddhist book I’ve ever read, and I have read a fair share. I need to buy this immediately.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jim Conant

    Perhaps the most compelling dharma book I've ever read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jean-Louis Brunet

    Great account of spiritual experience through years of asceticism. Many gems of wisdom all through this little book.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cody

    A compelling and kind exploration of letting go and dying.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robin Robertson

    At age 36, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, abbot of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in India, embarks on a four year wandering retreet. The book starts with a late night secret departure from the monastary. The goal, to sleep under the stars and live in the wild. While not so much a story about his life, this is more a teaching book. Living without his status, robes and comforts Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche shares reflections from his insights, including a near death experience. I enjoyed this book and the Bud At age 36, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, abbot of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in India, embarks on a four year wandering retreet. The book starts with a late night secret departure from the monastary. The goal, to sleep under the stars and live in the wild. While not so much a story about his life, this is more a teaching book. Living without his status, robes and comforts Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche shares reflections from his insights, including a near death experience. I enjoyed this book and the Buddhist teachings, however I would not recommend it for a beginner student. There is an excellent glossary of Buddhist terms at the end of book. #NetGalley #In Love With the World

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Younger

    A real page turner of a story about Mingyur Rinpoche’s start of his wandering retreat or going AWOL from his monastery. I loved how he wove in teachings on various awareness practices, the larger Buddhist view and how they aided him in his life threatening journey. There is always more to learn even for the most accomplished practitioners steeped in Buddhadharma. A wonderful lesson in humility for all. Thank you!

  25. 4 out of 5

    RaeAnna Rekemeyer

    Rinpoche decided to leave the comfort of his home to travel for three years killing off who he used to be to become someone new. https://onthebl.org/2019/05/28/in-lov...

  26. 4 out of 5

    David

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lori

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sally Duros

  30. 4 out of 5

    Georgia

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