Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer's Quest to Find Zen on the Seaby Jaimal Yogis
Fed up with teenage life in the suburbs, Jaimal Yogis ran off to Hawaii with little more than a copy of Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha and enough cash for a surfboard. His journey is a coming-of-age saga that takes him from communes to monasteries, from the warm Pacific to the icy New York shore. Equal parts spiritual memoir and surfer's tale, this is a/i>
Fed up with teenage life in the suburbs, Jaimal Yogis ran off to Hawaii with little more than a copy of Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha and enough cash for a surfboard. His journey is a coming-of-age saga that takes him from communes to monasteries, from the warm Pacific to the icy New York shore. Equal parts spiritual memoir and surfer's tale, this is a chronicle of finding meditative focus in the barrel of a wave and eternal truth in the great salty blue.
"Jaimal's story is, in part, an adventure story in which the sea is a powerful antagonist, at once the siren and the ogre, irresistible and terrifying in its sheer, monstrous power. For this author, it's a voracious and demanding lover, and he is skilled at summoning its ever-changing presence."--The Huffington Post
"A journalist, photographer, and surfer, Yogis began the life of a roving seeker his junior year of high school, when he ran away from his Sacramento, Calif. home to learn how to surf in Hawaii. His subsequent travels include a handful of prime surfing spots, but Yogis's more arresting journey is spiritual, taking him to monasteries in France and Berkley, Calif., and deep into the living tradition of Zen Buddhism. Captured here in short chapters and wonderful, visual prose, Yogis's coming-of-age odyssey also takes readers into the culture of indigenous Hawaiians, who believe the gods were surfers. Yogis's long-time surfing mentor Rom provides insight into the science of surfing, ocean swells, the bathymetry of the continental shelf, deep water canyons and sea mounts. Even land lovers will find Yogis's lessons resonant and entertaining, but surfers will find this a quick, surprisingly deep tribute to the quest for surf and serenity."--Publishers Weekly
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Meet the Author
Jaimal Yogis is an award-winning journalist and photographer who spends a good deal of his spare time surfing and traveling the globe. He has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and his work has been published in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Toronto Star, Beliefnet, Tricycle, and many more. He lives in San Francisco and is a regular contributor for San Francisco Magazine.
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If I could give this 0 stars I would. This thing is horrible. It is the tail of a spoiled teenage brat who in his own mind is destined to be a zen master.It in no way is an inspiring tale of anything it is simply the journal of a teenage kid who had his parents clean up all his messes. It blows my mind there are people in this world who are so warped and out of touch with reality, that think this piece of crap is worth a read I donated this book when I was done with it.
This book is reader-friendly but still has a deep message about spirtuality and finding oneself. I love the main character because he is so free & honest about his feelings. I would recommend this book to both younger and older generations because it is never too late to open your mind and body to new experiences!
"Jaimal Yogis has done, in this terrific first book, what every artist
and writer strives to do: he has made something beautiful and
universal from the particulars of his own life. He writes well about
surfing; he writes well about Buddhism; he writes well about what it
feels like to be a person; but mostly, he just writes well. Yogis¿s
sentence are clean, clear, and disciplined, and his story-telling
instincts are strong, so strong that this book will surely find the
audience it deserves¿among surfers, among seekers, and among those
who enjoy being swept along on a curious ride."
Daniel Duane, author of Caught Inside: a surfer's year on the California Coast
"Jaimal Yogis starts off as an Everyteen with two deep hungers: to learn surfing and to calm his mind. And his simple, amused, deadly serious report on how he tries to satisfy those desires may ultimately launch an entirely new breed of memoir: the coming-of-sage story. Yogis' prose is etched yet effortless, a conversation with a friend who pretends to be naïve, but has clearly drunk up so much life experience that you trust his authority as a truth-telling more than you know. He rocked me happily for chapters as he recounted his journey from Atlantic island to California suburb to a series of beach towns (including, memorably, Brooklyn). But each time I was lulled, I always was also on edge, wondering if bigger surf may be coming. Indeed, it was: several moving, sharp-edged episodes - sets, really - that will stay vivid in my mind for a long, long time."
Bruce Kelley, editor-in-chief, San Francisco Magazine
"Saltwater Buddha is a wryly told, compelling nonfiction saga of a young
man's apprenticeship in breaking waves and the deep, still waters of
Buddhism. A pilgrim's progress, this attractively self-deprecating narrative
makes no grandiose claims for either the teller¿s surfing or for his soul.
Still, we perceive, finally, that surfing becomes him as does writing.
Saltwater Buddha will be rich reading for both surfers and spiritual
seekers, who are, we learn here, sometimes one and the same."
Thomas Farber, author of The Face of the Deep
"It's the perfect read for those who love the ocean as much as their yoga mats, or for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the spiritual practice that is surfing."
Karen Macklin, Yoga Journal
"At sixteen, Jaimal Yogis ran way on a spiritual journey of a magnitude few of us even dream of, to learn to ride the waves of the world's oceans, and the bigger surf within his own mind. As Jaimal gains hard-won spiritual lessons with a teenager's eagerness and a surfer's passion, we cannot help but see our own spiritual life with fresh, beginner¿s eyes. His journey started in nothingness¿at least in a material sense. But it ends in deep riches of spiritual insight, human warmth and humor. The pages kept turning. I couldn't put this book down."
Michael Ellsberg, author of The Power of Eye Contact (HarperCollins, forthcoming)
"The quality of Yogis writing is up there with, amongst others, Daniel Duane, Allan Weisbecker, Kem Nunn, Tim Winton etc. Surfers and searchers alike will love it. Out in May 2009. Reserve a copy!"
Matt Strathern, extremehorizon.blogspot.com