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Title:
Running toward mystery : the adventure of an unconventional life
Publication Information:
New York : Random House, 2019.
ISBN:
9781984819857
Physical Description:
pages cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Going forth : West Bengal, 1989 -- Coming home to Vulture Peak -- Taking vows -- Trial by family -- Silence, history, and the testing of gold -- The keepers of Fujii Guruji's Temple -- Snakes and scorpions: Nepal, 1992 -- Is there so much joy in your religion? -- Reverend Sasaki in Sarnath, where the wheel turns -- The Venerable Professor Samdhong Rinpoche -- Radical integrity: in the presence of Drubwang Rinpoche -- Tulkus and role models -- Father Thomas Keating -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu -- Colombia, 2014
Abstract:
"The Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi was born in India to a prominent Hindu Brahmin family. At the age of six he began having visions of a snowy mountainous region in which men with shaved heads, in robes the color of sunset, wandered about. "It was as vividas if I were watching a scene from life," he writes. At the age of ten, he ran away from boarding school to find this place, taking a train to the end of the line and then boarding a bus to wherever it went. Strangely enough, he ended up in the Himalayanmountains at a Buddhist monastery that was the place of his dreams. His frantic parents sent scouts to find him, and after two weeks located him and brought him home--and yet he continued to have visions and feel a strong pull to a religion he had neverheard of as a child. Today he is a revered Buddhist monk and teacher who heads MIT's Dalai Lama Center and works to build bridges among communities and religions. Beckoning is Tenzin Priyadarshi's account of his journey as a seeker, but at the book's heart is the importance of mentorship. He describes the roles of the many remarkable teachers he met along the way, including the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Pope Benedict XVI, and others who appeared at the right time to impart much-needed lessons. This isboth a mystical account of a life and a down-to-earth memoir by a remarkable man who set out to find meaning and make a difference"-- Provided by publisher.
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