Jaimal Yogis & Yudron Wangmo (readings) 1pm
Yudron Wangmo is an author of a Buddhist young adult fiction series called Cycle of the Sky. She is also in-depth Buddhist practitioner (naljorma) of the Nyingma Buddhist tradition. She started down that path in the early nineties and has had the good fortune to be guided by three amazing meditation masters; late Lama Tharchin Rinpoche, Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche, and Adzom Rinpoche. She’s a strong believer in the effectiveness of a daily meditation practice, guided by a qualified meditation master, in relieving personal and global suffering. She’s been a full time naljorma since 2007 and has completed a traditional three-year three-month group retreat and two additional cumulative years of personal retreat. In the past she worked as a nurse, a practitioner of alternative medicine, and an ice cream truck driver. She is currently focused on continuing her own practice and writing novels about how these traditional practices of Tibet can heal the human heart and turn our lives in an ever more positive direction. She abides in a peaceful sanctuary on a creek in the middle of Oakland, California, where birds chirp in the foreground and gunshots resound in the background.
Jaimal Yogis is an outdoorsman, award-winning writer, and frequent teacher. He is the author of Saltwater Buddha, a humorous coming-of-age memoir about running away to Hawaii at sixteen to surf, nearly becoming a Zen monk, and eventually winding up at Columbia Journalism School. Publisher’s Weekly called Saltwater “a surprisingly deep tribute to the quest for surf and serenity,” it was named a Best Summer Read by E!, and turned into a feature documentary film. Jaimal’s follow up to that book, All Our Waves Are Water, comes out this July from Harper Collins and CNN’s Reza Aslan calls it “insightful, contemplative, and eloquently written… leaves us to realize that life isn’t about that elusive end goal understanding of humanity; it’s about the risks we’re willing to take in our journey to get there.”
Jaimal’s writing has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Men’s Health, ESPN Magazine, The Surfers Journal, The Daily Beast, and many others. His journalism has won a Maggie Award for Best Feature and he is also the author of The Fear Project, a journalistic and scientific romp about why humans fear and how we can live more fully and courageously. One of Jaimal’s stories stories for AFAR Magazine about the first female Muslim surf star in Bangladesh inspired the documentary, The Most Fearless, which Jaimal is co-producing with award-winning director, Heather Kessinger.
When Jaimal’s not writing, out to sea, or with his wife Amy and their three sons, he teaches meditation, mindfulness, and creative writing at places like Spirit Rock, The Writing Pad, Kripalu, and 1440 Multiversity.