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"Running Towards Mystery" is not merely a book, but an experience, a biography, a formula for living, and a manifesto for a new kind of exploration of life. Tenzin Priyadarshi writes with the extraordinary conviction and grace that can only come from fulfillment. This book produces a kind of joy -- and a nudge towards curiosity -- that only few books can provide. It is, at the same time, a pathway and a journey. I could not put it down.”

Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of The Emperor of All Maladies

“In a modern world that is increasingly ‘Disenchanted’ Tenzin Priyadarshi’s ‘Running Towards Mystery’ provides a necessary and captivating narrative of spiritual courage and truth seeking far beyond the veil of our contemporary delusions.”

—Sting

“Venerable Tenzin's story is utterly amazing, told with honesty and elegance. It is very inspiring for anyone seeking the truth of life, or even trying to find themselves. Once I started this journey with him—running away from home as a 10-year old to follow his vision—I couldn't put this book down. I wholeheartedly recommend this touching memoir to everyone.”

—Robert A. F. Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor Emeritus, Columbia University

“Enthralling from beginning to end, Running Toward Mystery encourages us all to connect with our deeper and higher self. Venerable Tenzin is a spiritual teacher much needed in our complex world hungry for meaning. And his journey, seamlessly traversing multiple worlds, is awe-inspiring.”

—Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global

“An extraordinary monk, Tenzin Priyadarshi is the Thomas Merton of our time. His message is universal and comes as a welcome invitation, in these changing times, to explore the most advanced states of human consciousness.”

—Donald Morrison, Chair of Thomas Merton Centre, Former COO of Research in Motion

“Tenzin’s amazing life story is not simply a stunningly compelling journey of meaning, discovery, and spiritual re-awakening.  It is a story of life.  Everyone – not just people interested in spiritual journeys but all of the rest of us! – should read this book.  Mystery, curiosity, contemplation – these are critical to life and Tenzin’s book will help to bring them into your life.”

—Reid Hoffman, co-founder Linkedin

“Running Toward Mystery inspires and uplifts through profound anecdotes and lessons. In this coming-of-age story, Tenzin shares his brave journey towards fulfilling his destiny. His relentless spirit and honest nature can be a model for anyone seeking peace and purpose in their lives.”

—Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO, Ariel Investments and Chair, The Economic Club of Chicago

“This is a remarkable story of a remarkable quest, filled with insights on leading a life of compassion, discipline, and integrity.”

—Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of GIVE AND TAKE and ORIGINALS

“Venerable Tenzin shows that the world does not fall apart in the face of paradox and mystery. By fearlessly embracing that ambiguity, we are invited into full conscious living, awake and loving, for the benefit of all.”

—James Orbinski, Former President,  Médecins Sans Frontières

“This is a remarkable story of an extraordinary person - a very unusual journey of faith and commitment - which seems at the same time rooted in the most ancient context and connected to our most modern preoccupations. It gives a powerful insight into contemporary spirituality and living Buddhist culture. ”

—Rory Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of The Places in Between and Former Member of UK Parliament

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ABOUT RUNNING TOWARD MYSTERY

 

A revered Buddhist monk tells the bracing and beautiful story of a singular life compelled to contemplation, sharing lessons about the power of mentorship and an open mind

 
“A necessary and captivating narrative of spiritual courage and truth seeking far beyond the veil of our contemporary delusions.”
—Sting

 

Born in India to a prominent Hindu Brahmin family, the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi was only six years old when he began having visions of a mysterious mountain peak, and of men with shaved heads wearing robes the color of sunset. “It was as vivid as if I were watching a scene from life,” he writes. And so 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 riding a bus to wherever it went.

Strangely enough, he ended up at a Buddhist monastery that was the place in his dreams. His frantic parents and relatives set out to find him and, after two weeks, located him and brought him home. But he continued to have visions and feel a strong pull to a spiritual life in a tradition that he had never heard of as a child. Today, he is a revered monk and teacher as well as President and CEO of The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he works to build bridges among communities and religions.
 
Running Toward Mystery is the Venerable Tenzin Priyadarshi’s profound account of his lifelong journey as a seeker. “Teachers come and go on their own schedule,” Priyadarshi writes. “I clearly wasn’t in charge of the timetable and it wasn’t my place to specify how a teacher should teach.” And arrive they did, at the right time, in the right way, to impart the lessons that shaped a life of seeking, devotion, and deep human connection across all barriers.
 
Running Toward Mystery is the bracing and beautiful story of a singular life compelled to contemplation, and a riveting narrative of just how exciting that journey can be.

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"Running Towards Mystery" is not merely a book, but an experience, a biography, a formula for living, and a manifesto for a new kind of exploration of life. Tenzin Priyadarshi writes with the extraordinary conviction and grace that can only come from fulfillment. This book produces a kind of joy -- and a nudge towards curiosity -- that only few books can provide. It is, at the same time, a pathway and a journey. I could not put it down.”

Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of The Emperor of All Maladies

“Venerable Tenzin's story is utterly amazing, told with honesty and elegance. It is very inspiring for anyone seeking the truth of life, or even trying to find themselves. Once I started this journey with him—running away from home as a 10-year old to follow his vision—I couldn't put this book down. I wholeheartedly recommend this touching memoir to everyone.”
—Robert A. F. Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Professor Emeritus, Columbia University

“This is a remarkable story of an extraordinary person - a very unusual journey of faith and commitment - which seems at the same time rooted in the most ancient context and connected to our most modern preoccupations. It gives a powerful insight into contemporary spirituality and living Buddhist culture. ”

—Rory Stewart, New York Times bestselling author of The Places in Between and Former Member of UK Parliament

 

“Enthralling from beginning to end, Running Toward Mystery encourages us all to connect with our deeper and higher self. Venerable Tenzin is a spiritual teacher much needed in our complex world hungry for meaning. And his journey, seamlessly traversing multiple worlds, is awe-inspiring.”
—Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global

“In a modern world that is increasingly ‘Disenchanted’ Tenzin Priyadarshi’s ‘Running Towards Mystery’ provides a necessary and captivating narrative of spiritual courage and truth seeking far beyond the veil of our contemporary delusions.”
—Sting

“An extraordinary monk, Tenzin Priyadarshi is the Thomas Merton of our time. His message is universal and comes as a welcome invitation, in these changing times, to explore the most advanced states of human consciousness.”
—Donald Morrison, Chair of Thomas Merton Centre, Former COO of Research in Motion (Blackberry)

“Tenzin’s amazing life story is not simply a stunningly compelling journey of meaning, discovery, and spiritual re-awakening.  It is a story of life.  Everyone – not just people interested in spiritual journeys but all of the rest of us! – should read this book.  Mystery, curiosity, contemplation – these are critical to life and Tenzin’s book will help to bring them into your life.”
—Reid Hoffman, co-founder Linkedin

“Running Toward Mystery inspires and uplifts through profound anecdotes and lessons. In this coming-of-age story, Tenzin shares his brave journey towards fulfilling his destiny. His relentless spirit and honest nature can be a model for anyone seeking peace and purpose in their lives.”
—Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO, Ariel Investments and Chair, The Economic Club of Chicago

“This is a remarkable story of a remarkable quest, filled with insights on leading a life of compassion, discipline, and integrity.”
—Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of GIVE AND TAKE and ORIGINALS

“Venerable Tenzin shows that the world does not fall apart in the face of paradox and mystery. By fearlessly embracing that ambiguity, we are invited into full conscious living, awake and loving, for the benefit of all.”
—James Orbinski, Former President,  Médecins Sans Frontières

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