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By Scott Carney

Whilst thirty-eight-year-old Ian Thorson died from dehydration and dysentery on a distant Arizona mountaintop in 2012, the hot York instances pronounced the tale less than the headline: "Mysterious Buddhist Retreat within the wilderness leads to a Grisly Death." Scott Carney, a journalist and anthropologist who lived in India for 6 years, was once struck through how Thorson’s dying 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 weird teachings of its leader evangelists: Thorson’s spouse, Lama Christie McNally, and her earlier husband, Geshe Michael Roach, the best 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 japanese spiritual traditions like LEGO items in a quest to arrive an enlightened, perfected kingdom, irrespective of the cost.

Aided by way of Thorson’s deepest papers, in addition to state of the art neurological study that finds the profound impression 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 finds how the trail to enlightenment may be riddled with probability.

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Her heart at first maintained its steady rhythm of 140 beats per minute and then slowly began its descent, drifting downward like a falling leaf in autumn – 140, 125, 110, 100… 63 Therapeutic Cloning My mind flashed back to a fall day in 1960 when I was seven years old. My mother and I walked along the sidewalk, on our way to the corner store. Suddenly, from above, a red leaf began a slow descent from the top of a tree in front of us. The leaf fell among some bushes alongside the sidewalk and I stopped to pick it up.

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