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The Resource A death on Diamond Mountain : a true story of obsession, madness, and the path to enlightenment, Scott Carney

A death on Diamond Mountain : a true story of obsession, madness, and the path to enlightenment, Scott Carney

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A death on Diamond Mountain : a true story of obsession, madness, and the path to enlightenment
Title
A death on Diamond Mountain
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a true story of obsession, madness, and the path to enlightenment
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Scott Carney
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True story of obsession, madness, and the path to enlightenment
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eng
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"An investigative reporter explores an infamous case where an obsessive and unorthodox search for enlightenment went terribly wrong. When thirty-eight-year-old Ian Thorson died from dehydration and dysentery on a remote Arizona mountaintop in 2012, The New York Times reported the story under the headline: "Mysterious Buddhist Retreat in the Desert Ends in a Grisly Death." Scott Carney, a journalist and anthropologist who lived in India for six years, was struck by how Thorson's death echoed other incidents that reflected the little-talked-about connection between intensive meditation and mental instability. Using these tragedies as a springboard, Carney explores how those who go to extremes to achieve divine revelations-and undertake it in illusory ways-can tangle with madness. He also delves into the unorthodox interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism that attracted Thorson and the bizarre teachings of its chief evangelists: Thorson's wife, Lama Christie McNally, and her previous husband, Geshe Michael Roach, the supreme spiritual leader of Diamond Mountain University, where Thorson died. Carney unravels how the cultlike practices of McNally and Roach and the questionable circumstances surrounding Thorson's death illuminate a uniquely American tendency to mix and match eastern religious traditions like LEGO pieces in a quest to reach an enlightened, perfected state, no matter the cost. Aided by Thorson's private papers, along with cutting-edge neurological research that reveals the profound impact of intensive meditation on the brain and stories of miracles and black magic, sexualized rituals, and tantric rites from former Diamond Mountain acolytes, A Death on Diamond Mountain is a gripping work of investigative journalism that reveals how the path to enlightenment can be riddled with danger"-- $c Provided by publisher
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An investigative reporter examines the relationship between intense meditation and mental instability through the case of Ian Thorson, who died of dehydration and dysentery on a remote Arizona mountain while practicing a bizarre version of Tibetan Buddhism
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10403789
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1978-
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Carney, Scott
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200
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no index present
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non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Thorson, Ian
  • Roach, Michael
  • McNally, Christie
  • Diamond Mountain Retreat Center
  • Buddhism
  • Religious addiction
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adult
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a true story of obsession, madness, and the path to enlightenment
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A death on Diamond Mountain : a true story of obsession, madness, and the path to enlightenment, Scott Carney
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"Gotham Books"--Title page
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Includes bibliographic references
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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txt
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rdacontent
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24 cm
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xxi, 277 pages
Isbn
9781592408610
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(hardback)
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2014032992
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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n
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BRO-copy20150403-078
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  • (OCoLC)ocn881888184
  • (OCoLC)881888184
  • 341315
Label
A death on Diamond Mountain : a true story of obsession, madness, and the path to enlightenment, Scott Carney
Publication
Copyright
Note
"Gotham Books"--Title page
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographic references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxi, 277 pages
Isbn
9781592408610
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014032992
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Stock number
BRO-copy20150403-078
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn881888184
  • (OCoLC)881888184
  • 341315

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