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Dying Every Day: Exploring Life and the Near-Death Experience with Reincarnate Buddhist Lama Mingyur Rinpoche

Mingyur Rinpoche on retreat in the Himalayas, 2013. Photo by Lama Tashi.

Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche, the 44-year-old Tibetan meditation master who has been a rising star in the Buddhist world for over a decade, has taken his teachings to a new level. During a wandering retreat in India that began in 2011 and lasted more than four years, he nearly died from food poisoning, and had what was clearly a near-death experience, or NDE. But, because he had spent years studying the Bardo Thodol—popularly known as The Tibetan Book of the Dead—he was prepared to meet his NDE head on.

Dozens of books have been written about NDEs since the term first entered our lexicon in 1975, but none so far like Mingyur’s new book, In Love with the World—A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying. I have been fascinated by Mingyur as a meditation teacher for some years, but I’ve also been researching the NDE literature, and when I was able to interview Mingyur Rinpoche about his new book, it allowed me to delve into both areas, which for me are inextricably interconnected. NDEs suggest the likelihood that our consciousness continues after physical death—something that the Tibetan Buddhist tradition has not only taught but has also described in great detail.

My 7000-word interview with Mingyur has just been published by Best Self magazine. To read more of my introduction and for a link to the article, please visit my website .

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