Jaimal Yogis is a journalist with a talent for surfing, a great imagination, and some serious Buddhist chops--he's spent time wrestling with his demons at Zen monasteries. In his latest book, The Fear Project, he transforms himself into a barefoot Malcolm Gladwell--explaining the neuroscience of fear as he explores it in the context of his own X Games-worthy life.
We wanted to call him out for checking way too many boxes on the "I'm so cool" list: who could possibly be a surfer-Buddhist-writer? But then we read this excerpt from his first book, Saltwater Buddha (for which, of course, there's a film in the works), and we couldn't help but fall for his honesty and self-deprecating humor.
This week, he's bringing his considerable gifts to New York City where, as part of the Rubin Museum of Art's "Brainwaves" Series, he'll be in conversation with Dr. Srini Pillay, Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School and author of Life Unlocked, 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear.