In Love With the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying By Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche with Helen Tworkov

In Love With the World (hereafter In Love), was written by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche with the help of Tricycle magazine’s founding editor and author, Helen Tworkov. The autobiography, published in 2019 by the recently revived, independent publishing powerhouse, Spiegel & Grau, expounds upon an exclusive interview Mingyur Rinpoche did with Lion’s Roar back in 2016. In Love follows, in a first-person narrative, Mingyur Rinpoche’s journey, both internal and external, living in the wandering sadhu tradition of the Indian subcontinent. In 2011, Mingyur, who is recognized as a master of the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, literally walked away from his position as the abbot of the Tergar Monastery in Bodh Gaya, a village in the northeast Indian state of Bihar. 

The first few chapters of In Love read almost like an adventure novel, as Mingyur details his midnight departure from the monastery with nothing but a few belongings and the clothes on his back, to begin what would eventually become a four and a half year spiritual sojourn. While the book is technically an autobiography, it also reads like a collection of Buddhist parables that deliver persistent, profound, and transformative teachings about how our everyday experience of death – a kind of perpetual departing – can bring us into a more intimate relationship with life. “Nothing endures but change,” says Mingyur, “and accepting this has the potential to transform the dread of dying into joyful living.”

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