By Scott Carney
While thirty-eight-year-old Ian Thorson died from dehydration and dysentery on a distant Arizona mountaintop in 2012, the hot York instances said the tale less than the headline: "Mysterious Buddhist Retreat within the barren region 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 extensive 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 unusual teachings of its leader evangelists: Thorson’s spouse, Lama Christie McNally, and her prior husband, Geshe Michael Roach, the ultimate non secular chief of Diamond Mountain collage, the place Thorson died.
Carney unravels how the cultlike practices of McNally and Roach and the questionable conditions surrounding Thorson’s loss of life light up a uniquely American tendency to mix'n'match japanese non secular traditions like LEGO items in a quest to arrive an enlightened, perfected country, regardless of the cost.
Aided by means of Thorson’s deepest papers, in addition to state-of-the-art neurological study that unearths the profound influence of extensive meditation at the mind and tales of miracles and black magic, sexualized rituals, and tantric rites from former Diamond Mountain acolytes, A loss of life on Diamond Mountain is a gripping paintings of investigative journalism that unearths how the trail to enlightenment might be riddled with threat.
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A Death on Diamond Mountain: A True Story of Obsession, Madness, and the Path to Enlightenment by Scott Carney