Here’s a very different kind of near-death experience than we usually hear of. Take a trip through the realms of hell with a man whose temporary visitor's pass gave him a horrifying—and enlightening—preview of its torments.read more
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A Guided Tour of Hell
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Banyen Books & Sound
3608 West 4th Ave.
Join Samuel Bercholz, founder & editor-in-chief of Shambhala Publications, for a Talk & Signing on his new book A Guided Tour of Hell: A Graphic Memoir.
Take a trip through the realms of hell with a man whose temporary visitor's pass gave him a horrifying-and enlightening-preview of its torments. This true account of Sam Bercholz's near-death experience has more in common with Dante's Inferno than it does with any of the popular feel-good stories of what happens when we die.
In the aftermath of heart surgery, Sam, a longtime Buddhist practitioner and Dharma teacher, is surprised to find himself in the lowest realms of karmic rebirth. His story is offered, along with the modernist illustrations of a master of Tibetan sacred arts, in order to share what can be learned about awakening from our own self-created hells and helping others to find relief and liberation from theirs.
– Matthieu Ricard, author of Happiness
"This book is an astonishingly generous offering: a tour of hell, guided with love. This is not a pacifying love. Rather, it is a love that destroys illusion to leave the reader in a state of discomfiting wakefulness. If you seek a deeply refined and discerning spiritual view that will compel you to journey beyond conventional thought, never to return, this book is for you."
– Susan Piver, author of Start Here Now
"Sam Bercholz, one of the most genuine and heartful teachers of dharma I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing, has written a harrowing and vivid account of what might await us after death. A dark thrill to read, it is also a generous gift, reminding us that what we do here matters urgently."
– George Saunders, author of Tenth of December