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The wandering monk

Author: Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche - H. Tworkow

One evening in June 2011, Mingyur Rinpoche leaves his Bodh Gaya monastery without notifying anyone. He leaves only one letter, intended for his students and his senior assistant, Lama Soto. “By the time you read this letter, I will have already begun the long retreat I announced last year that I wanted to undertake. As you may know, I have always been fascinated by the custom of retreats, ever since I was a little boy and lived on the slopes of the Himalaya. Even though I still didn't know how to meditate, I often ran away from home and hid in a nearby cave, where I would sit in silence and mentally recite the mantra om mani padme hum. Even then I felt the call of love for the mountains and for the austere life of wandering ascetics ”. Thus begins a wandering that will last four years, in which Mingyur will confront the outside world for the first time without enjoying the honors reserved for a monk of his caliber. Discarding the traditional clothes to wear those of the sa-dhu will not be easy, but it will allow the wanderer to get in touch with the six bardos, the stages of the journey between life and death, allowing him to recognize unconditional reality with ever greater clarity. An understanding that will also pass through the body, marked by hardships. In fact, only by letting go of the false hopes that lead to a desire to be at ease in the body and in the world can one overcome dissatisfaction and replace desire with love. And, as Mingyur says, “when you love the world, the world loves you too”. But for understanding, practice is fundamental, and this book is an invitation to cultivate the seeds of enlightenment, to make the field of awareness fertile, allowing the deeper levels of wisdom to flourish.

 

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