A Death on Diamond Mountain: A True Story of Obsession, by Scott Carney

By Scott Carney

While 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 lower than the headline: "Mysterious Buddhist Retreat within the barren region 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 unusual teachings of its leader evangelists: Thorson’s spouse, Lama Christie McNally, and her past husband, Geshe Michael Roach, the superb non secular chief of Diamond Mountain collage, the place Thorson died.

Carney unravels how the cultlike practices of McNally and Roach and the questionable conditions surrounding Thorson’s demise remove darkness from a uniquely American tendency to mix 'n match japanese spiritual traditions like LEGO items in a quest to arrive an enlightened, perfected country, irrespective of the cost.

Aided via Thorson’s deepest papers, in addition to state-of-the-art neurological study that finds the profound influence 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 unearths how the trail to enlightenment should be riddled with chance.

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It is also useful to find out the nature of the norms of the person you are working with (Leichtentritt & Rettig 2002). These may be dictated by cultural expectations or family customs (Caring Connections 2006) You may explore the following questions: What are the cultural rituals for coping with dying? What are the customary rituals for the deceased person’s body and burial? How are the dead honoured in their culture, at the burial and thereafter? What are your family beliefs about what happens after death?

Counsellor: Non-possessive support A person who has experienced loss may go through a period of dependency. This need not be problematic. Counsellors should ensure that they do not encourage the person to become solely dependent on them. Possessiveness discourages personal autonomy and will not help the person in the longer term. Helping the person develop independence and selfconfidence is a key factor in overcoming loss of any kind. If the person feels positive about himself he can usually seek help from others when he is distressed or when customary support stops.

29 This SAGE ebook is copyright and is supplied by Dawsonera. Unauthorised distribution forbidden. Mallon-3704-Ch-02:03-Mallon-Ch-02 6/20/2008 3:13 PM Page 30 Dying, Death and Grief Take your time when recording the events, placing them in the appropriate age slot. When you have completed the diagram think about any positive outcomes of the painful experiences. Some positives are recorded below; ‘I was really sad when my brother died when I was eight but on the positive side it meant my Mum and Dad weren’t going to the hospital all the time.

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