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Aug 20
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Book Review: In Love With the World

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In Love With the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying 

by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche with Helen Tworkov

Reviewed by Christine Heming

If you do not recognize the truth of impermanence, you cannot attain genuine realization.  You must allow the illusion of ego to die.  Only then can true wisdom arise.  Only with the death of this ego can we know freedom.

Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche

Mingyur Rinpoche recalls the words of his father, the great master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, while sitting on the floor of the lowest class cabin on the train to Varanasi, his body constricting around his resistance to being there, experiencing fear more acutely than he has known for many years.  It was June 2011.  Rinpoche had left his monastery in India in secret to become a wandering sadhu – alone and without support or protection for the first time in his life, his own “ego-suicide mission.”

Rinpoche explains that he needed to do “something a little extreme” to break through his conditioning and old habits.  He admits to being born “with a silver spoon in my mouth,” to never having to face the difficulties most people experience in their lives.  Even though the monasteries that he grew up in were pretty spare, with none of the conveniences associated with the modern world, his was an unusually protected environment.  “Everything had always been taken care of for me due to my role and status.”  He “knew nothing of hunger, or caste prejudices, or racism; I had not lived through war or reigns of terror.”

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