Wandering is a timely, personal account of a modern-day monk’s near-death experience, and the life-changing wisdom that he gained on his four-year wandering retreat. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche’s experience begins the night he slips past the monastery gates (alone for the first time in his life) and sets out into the unknown. His initial motivation is to throw off the titles and rank that have defined his life of privilege and to explore the deepest, most hidden aspects of his being, but what he discovers throughout his retreat – about himself and about the world around us – comes to define his meditation practice and teaching.
Just three weeks into his retreat, Rinpoche becomes deathly ill and his journey begins in earnest through this near-death experience. Moving, beautiful and suffused with local colour, Wandering is the story of two different kinds of death: that of the body and that of the ego, and how we can bridge these two experiences to live a better and more fulfilling life. Rinpoche’s skilful and intimate account of his search for the self is a demonstration of how we can transform our dread of dying into joyful living.
Published in the US as In Love with the World: A Monk's Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying