A Death on Diamond Mountain

A Death on Diamond Mountain

A True Story of Obsession, Madness, and the Path to Enlightenment

eBook - 2015
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"An investigative reporter explores an infamous case where an obsessive and unorthodox search for enlightenment went terribly wrong. When thirty-eight-year-old Ian Thorson died from dehydration and dysentery on a remote Arizona mountaintop in 2012, The New York Times reported the story under the headline: "Mysterious Buddhist Retreat in the Desert Ends in a Grisly Death." Scott Carney, a journalist and anthropologist who lived in India for six years, was struck by how Thorson's death echoed other incidents that reflected the little-talked-about connection between intensive meditation and mental instability. Using these tragedies as a springboard, Carney explores how those who go to extremes to achieve divine revelations-and undertake it in illusory ways-can tangle with madness. He also delves into the unorthodox interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism that attracted Thorson and the bizarre teachings of its chief evangelists: Thorson's wife, Lama Christie McNally, and her previous husband, Geshe Michael Roach, the supreme spiritual leader of Diamond Mountain University, where Thorson died."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Group, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780698186293
069818629X
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: text file
1 online resource (xxi, 277 pages)

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tkarlin
May 29, 2015

This is an excellent read, and I recommend it to anyone interested in yoga or meditative practice. The author recounts the tragic death of Ian Thorson, who took his pursuit of enlightenment too far, and died as a result. I found the chapter on spiritual bypassing to be of great interest - the author reveals research that documents the phenomenon where seekers have pushed their bodies and brains too hard and too fast in the pursuit of spiritual breakthrough, and end up paying the price in terms of mental and physical health.

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