Meditation Saved My Life

Meditation Saved My Life

A Tibetan Lama and the Healing Power of the Mind

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In 2003, Tibetan lama Phakyab Rinpoche was admitted to the emergency clinic of the Program for Survivors of Torture at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital. After a dramatic escape from imprisonment in China, at the hands of authorities bent on uprooting Tibet's traditional religion and culture, his ordeal had left him with life-threatening injuries, including gangrene of the right ankle. American doctors gave Rinpoche a shocking choice: accept leg amputation or risk a slow, painful death.An inner voice, however, prompted him to try an unconventional cure: meditation. He began an intensive spiritual routine that included thousands of hours of meditation over three years in a small Brooklyn studio. Against all scientific logic, his injuries gradually healed. In this vivid, passionate account, Sofia Stril-Rever relates the extraordinary experiences of Phakyab Rinpoche, who reveals the secret of the great healing powers that lie dormant within each of us.
Publisher: Novato, California : New World Library, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781608684625
1608684628
Branch Call Number: 294.3923092 RINPO
Characteristics: 258 pages ; 21 cm

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Quite an interesting book. This monk's story is well-known and well-documented. The mind is a powerful organ that is still not well understood. He makes the case (by being living proof) of just what the mind can achieve. Granted, he himself says he is a rare and unusual example because he meditates far more than even most high-level monks. Still, there are lessons to be learned here in the grand scheme of things. The book goes on and on a bit at times so feel free to skim or skip a page here and there.

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