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

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

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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
Title remainder
a true story of obsession, madness, and the path to enlightenment
Statement of responsibility
Scott Carney
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Language
eng
Summary
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
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CtWfDGI
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1978-
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Carney, Scott
Dewey number
294.30973
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not applicable
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not applicable
LC call number
BQ732
LC item number
.C37 2014b
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other
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not applicable
PerformerNote
Performe by Fred Stella
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  • Stella, Fred
  • Brilliance Audio (Firm)
  • Recorded Books, LLC
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Brilliance Audio on compact disc
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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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not applicable
Label
A death on Diamond Mountain : a true story of obsession, madness, and the path to enlightenment, Scott Carney, (sound recording)
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  • Title from container
  • Compact disc
  • In container (17 cm.)
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digital storage
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unknown
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
8 sound discs (9 hr., 53 min.)
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not applicable
Isbn
9781501228681
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not applicable
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mass produced
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plastic with metal
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
BN7780
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digital recording
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sound disc
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1.4m. per second (discs)
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  • (CtWfDGI)rnb90007780
  • (Pol)1313221
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not applicable
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Label
A death on Diamond Mountain : a true story of obsession, madness, and the path to enlightenment, Scott Carney, (sound recording)
Publication
Note
  • Title from container
  • Compact disc
  • In container (17 cm.)
Capture and storage technique
digital storage
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Unabridged.
Extent
8 sound discs (9 hr., 53 min.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781501228681
Kind of cutting
not applicable
Kind of disc cylinder or tape
mass produced
Kind of material
plastic with metal
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
BN7780
Special playback characteristics
digital recording
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
  • (CtWfDGI)rnb90007780
  • (Pol)1313221
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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