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In Love with the World: What a Buddhist Monk Can Teach You About Living from Nearly Dying



Author: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche –

Publisher: Bluebird –

Genre: Religion, Spirituality –

Overall rating: 5/5 –

Writing: 5/5 –

Duration: 9:47 h (medium) –

Narrator: Feodor Chin –

Narrator/performance: 5/5 –

Impressions: n/a –

Performance errors: 0/5 –

Complexity/reading level: 5/5 –

Audience: General, Buddhists


After reading this book you may find yourself a little shaken, even if you previously encountered Buddhist dogma in your life. Tibetan Buddhism understood as a spiritual path and a separate cultural tradition is so densely packed in this book that uninitiated readers may find it difficult to follow its reasoning. This possible separation between reality and what the book describes may give it a fairy-tale vibe. Yet it is not only a summary of many principal Buddhist teachings and an introduction to several meditation techniques but also a modern take on the Bardo Thödol, also known as the Tibetan Book of the Dead. The book’s significance lies in the amount of reference material used by the Author, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, when reflecting upon his real life experiences while pursuing the path of the homeless, penniless wandering guru.

The Author uses an honest, open style when writing the memoir. It feels so authentic and personal that one may find oneself irritated at the childishness of the established abbot, already over thirty when he began his journey. The amount of detail provided in every part of the journey and frankness of the report are astounding. The reader feels that the story is important, without knowing why. The answer comes without much warning. One day, everything turns upside down. The resulting state of mind cannot be described by the Author in any way other than in hints, cross-references and mysteries. Yet at the same time, it is clear that he wishes each and every one of his readers to participate in the glory of this discovery.

The book is very original in its structure. The Author uses a clear and precise language often used by Buddhist gurus. Yet the selection and inner logic of references is truly masterful. The parts connect so well and the book is so cohesive that it has to be a result of a great amount of work and dedication. It probably did not take place over a lonely piece of paper (or computer) though, bearing in mind that the Author is a full-time spiritual teacher (more on the Author here and here). The book is performed very adequately, by a knowledgeable narrator. I would certainly point that book out to anyone with at least basic knowledge about Buddhism and would wish a very peaceful weekend to spend with it.

In Love with the World: What a Buddhist Monk Can Teach You About Living from Nearly Dying audiobook cover
Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche in 2016 via Wikipedia

I would probably not read this book had it not present this splendid picture on its cover. The choice of colors, theme and execution are spot on. The Author has made his mark and this process is portrayed on the cover. Great job.

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