At the age of 36, the Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche sneaked out of his monastery in Bodhgaya, India, in the middle of the night to live as a beggar and traveling yogi. The story of how he left behind his privileged lifestyle for a four-year wandering retreat is told in the new book In Love With the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying, which he co-wrote with his student and Tricycle’s founding editor, Helen Tworkov.  

On this episode, Tworkov sits down with James Shaheen, Tricycle’s publisher and editor, to discuss her teacher’s journey, how she helped him tell his story, and the powerful near-death experience that transformed his life and teachings. She explains that seeing the way that we die each day can help us alleviate our fears of dying. They also discuss the origins of the magazine and how the Western Buddhist landscape has changed over time.

Tricycle Talks is a podcast series featuring leading voices in the contemporary Buddhist world. You can listen to more Tricycle Talks on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and iHeartRadio.

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