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Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer's Quest to Find Zen on the Sea

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"Enough talk of tepid, serene pools reflecting moonlight. Let us speak of waves."

Pounding surf might seem like an odd medium for the search for Zen tranquility, but for Jaimal Yogis, it's the only path that will do. Fed up with the life of a suburban teenager, at age 16 Yogis ran off to Hawaii with little more than a surfboard and a copy of Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha. He chronicles his journey in vivid detail in this spiritual coming-of-age tale that takes him from Hawaiian communes to French monasteries to the icy New York shore.

Equal parts spiritual memoir and surfer's diary, Saltwater Buddha is the author's lively account of finding meditative focus in the hollow green pipeline of the wave. Trying to find Zen salvation in the rhythmic crashing of waves, Yogis eventually discovers something of eternal truth in the great salty blue.

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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.

About 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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jyogis32, January 8, 2009 (view all comments by jyogis32)
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“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

“A personal Odyssey in which the writer has followed his dreams and listened to the quiet whispers of his soul as if they were carried on a gentle offshore wind. It’s an inspiring and thought-provoking book which may well have you returning to it again and again.”
Tim Kevan, author of Why Lawyers Should Surf

“Excellent”
Alex Wade, author of Surf Nation

“In a time when the world seems to be ready to self destruct a little, this book brings with it a message of fun, wisdom, inner exploration and a way to find and lose yourself in the most prevalent element on the planet, water…will make a timeless addition to anyone’s collection whether you are a surfer or not.”
South West Surf Review

“Anyone who has a love of the ocean, the beach and the waves and is overwhelmingly drawn to them will truly enjoy this book!”
Rob Nixon, blogger and founding Member of the South Texas Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation

“I am not a surfer; still Jaimal openly welcomes me into his world of passion for surfing, both the actual wet, cold, hard-rock bottom of the sport and the mistiness of the analogy for life.”
Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card

“I have always had an interest in things Zen since reading Zen and the Art of motorcycle maintenance as a young man. Now thirty years on Jaimal Yogis has written his version, all be it from a more youthful point of view, founded in the surf of Hawaii, California and New York.”
Tony Foster, surfr.blogspot.com

“Great book to put on the book shelf between ‘i am that’ and ‘The mindless ferocity of sharks”
kiwihobo.blogspot.com
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780861715350
Author:
Yogis, Jaimal
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications (MA)
Subject:
Water Sports
Subject:
Buddhism
Subject:
General
Subject:
Buddhists
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 9.5 oz

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