By Scott Carney
Whilst thirty-eight-year-old Ian Thorson died from dehydration and dysentery on a distant Arizona mountaintop in 2012, the recent York instances mentioned the tale less than the headline: "Mysterious Buddhist Retreat within the wilderness results in a Grisly Death." Scott Carney, a journalist and anthropologist who lived in India for 6 years, was once struck by way of how Thorson’s demise echoed different incidents that mirrored the little-talked-about connection among in depth meditation and psychological instability.
Using those tragedies as a springboard, Carney explores how those that visit extremes to accomplish divine revelations—and adopt it in illusory ways—can tangle with insanity. He additionally delves into the unorthodox interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism that attracted Thorson and the weird teachings of its leader evangelists: Thorson’s spouse, Lama Christie McNally, and her prior husband, Geshe Michael Roach, the perfect religious chief of Diamond Mountain college, the place Thorson died.
Carney unravels how the cultlike practices of McNally and Roach and the questionable situations surrounding Thorson’s dying light up a uniquely American tendency to mix'n'match jap spiritual traditions like LEGO items in a quest to arrive an enlightened, perfected country, irrespective of the cost.
Aided by way of Thorson’s inner most papers, in addition to state of the art neurological study that unearths the profound influence of in depth meditation at the mind and tales of miracles and black magic, sexualized rituals, and tantric rites from former Diamond Mountain acolytes, A dying on Diamond Mountain is a gripping paintings of investigative journalism that unearths how the trail to enlightenment should be riddled with risk.
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