There’s an amazingly powerful, loving and gentle teacher you might have heard of named Mingyur Rinpoche. I am a close student of his father and brother and “grew up” with this family while I was living in Nepal for many years. I lived at his brother Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s monastery in Swayambhunath, and had the good fortune to spend a lot of time with them personally. I began reading Mingyur’s book, In Love with the World. It’s about himself, Mingyur Rinpoche, a Tibetan monk-yogi teacher who took to the streets with no money and no provisions, to bravely do a three year retreat and trust that he’d survive. He didn’t tell anyone that he was going do this; it was an old yogic masters practice to just “enter in to the action” and have no defined place to go.

Rinpoche was set up to do a three-year retreat in a cabin with attendants and had simplified his whole life and administrative roles to prepare. On the first day the attendant came and they found a note on his meditation cushion explaining that he was going to go into the streets to wander and just experience the rawness of life and trust that he would come back to us in three years after his retreat is completed, and for us to not worry. We that knew him, were so very worried. His mother, reportedly cried without console. He has a large worldwide organization called Tergar, and indeed his students were concerned.

We found out later that at times, he came close to starving and despair. He met up with his attendant named Tashi when begging in Boudhanath Nepal, around the Stupa (Buddhist Monument). Tashi recognized him even as an unkempt beggar, and they traveled together for a bit. He slept on the street and in caves and sometimes begged enough for hotels. He was used to being revered and grew up with servants, wealth and privilege and was heartbroken when people passed right by him, when he was close to starving. He came back after these three years with more depth, more alive and with more  profound compassion than ever. Someday, when they let us travel again, I want to go back to Nepal for a simple cave retreat again, where these great masters practiced in simplicity. I highly recommend his book of you haven’t yet read it. Rinpoche we are glad you came back safely and your bravery inspires us all.

I’m thinking a lot these days about yogis and yoginis and being the most wholesome we can be in these dark times. My dharma and yoga practice has graciously strengthened since we’ve had to stay home more. No matter how apocalyptically dark, no matter how much pain and despair, there is always a core of calm and warmth that we can access. The media, news and social media do not define us. I feel a new evolution and renaissance within and without that we can co-create, emerging. We must do away with old ways, male dominated greed and corruption, and the monetizing and institutionalizing of, not only the tantric Buddhist tradition that Rinpoche was trained in, but everything. Change happens through honesty and transparency and brave voices that demand a revolution and a new human way must emerge for us all to survive. A new day of Goddess and Sage, real yogic wisdom is dawning, and I’m happy to live in this time. I feel more than ever, like Rinpoche suggests, In Love with the World.

Here are some heart warming yogini line drawings from artist, Ally Kitowski to inspire our meditation and yoga practice. I just found them this morning and they visually embody this feeling of being in love with our world.

Ally Kitkowski

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