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 leads to a Grisly Death." Scott Carney, a journalist and anthropologist who lived in India for 6 years, used to be struck via 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 unusual teachings of its leader evangelists: Thorson’s spouse, Lama Christie McNally, and her past husband, Geshe Michael Roach, the perfect religious 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 remove darkness from a uniquely American tendency to mix 'n match jap spiritual traditions like LEGO items in a quest to arrive an enlightened, perfected kingdom, regardless of the cost.
Aided by way of Thorson’s deepest papers, in addition to state-of-the-art neurological examine that finds 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 demise on Diamond Mountain is a gripping paintings of investigative journalism that finds how the trail to enlightenment might be riddled with chance.
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