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

Saltwater Buddha A Surfer s Quest to Find Zen on the Sea Fed up with teenage life in the suburbs Jaimal Yogis ran off to Hawaii with little than a copy of Hermann Hesse s Siddhartha and enough cash for a surfboard His journey is a coming of age saga that t

  • Title: Saltwater Buddha: A Surfer's Quest to Find Zen on the Sea
  • Author: Jaimal Yogis
  • ISBN: 9780861715350
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fed up with teenage life in the suburbs, Jaimal Yogis ran off to Hawaii with little 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 meFed up with teenage life in the suburbs, Jaimal Yogis ran off to Hawaii with little 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.

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    1. As a longtime surfer, I've often been floating happily atop the ocean, the buzz from my last wave making me feel as though I was in a dreamy, half-state, completely oblivious to life's problems, lost in bliss. That's why Jaimal Yogis' book Saltwater Buddha resonated so much with me. He gets that connection and captures the spirit of surfing and its inevitable ties to complete, unfettered happiness so brilliantly.While many have written about surfing, this book is the first I've read that really [...]

    2. Best one i've read in a whiletally jealous of the author, wish i was ballsy enough to run off to Hawaii with only $800. Also wish i could be as mellow, but in my defense, its tough to be Zen when you work retail in the southi can actually feel my IQ dropping, and it hurts.

    3. I am not a reader. This is one of only a small handful of books I have simply read cover to cover in a sitting. Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse 5 was perhaps the other such book. I can't focus once I figure out what is going to happen next and I fall out the reader's trance. Saltwater Buddha may not be made into a movie but if you are interested in spiritual growth, as it happens in a real life, this is a page turner.Poetic intensity of the prologue is a promise mostly kept. It is the knack of the sur [...]

    4. Jaimal Yogis's voice is as fluid and inviting as the waves he describes with vividness and eloquence. Saltwater Buddha draws you into itself immediately the way the surf pulls at your heels at the shore. As a collector and connoisseur of metaphors, I was inspired by the transcendent life lessons provided by water, waves, and the sea. It's the most enjoyable book I've read in years. What's more you will learn everything you need to know about Buddhism from reading this accessible work. While livi [...]

    5. I just finished reading Saltwater Buddha and it is probably the most enlightening book I have ever read. Jaimal Yogis provided helpful answers to questions I have recently been struggling with. I am finishing my sophomore year in high school and have been starting to discuss college with my parents. I have been considering not going to college which understandably makes my parents very nervous. Many of my friends and high schoolers around the country are stressing themselves out and wigging out [...]

    6. Reading "Saltwater Buddha" made me want to explore the world to find myself. In the middle of the book, I found myself wanting to run away and do something I'm passionate about and meet new people in interesting places. This passage made me think. Deeply. “Surfing is kind of a good metaphor for the rest of life. The extremely good stuff - chocolate and great sex and weddings and hilarious jokes - fills a minute portion of an adult lifespan. The rest of life is the paddling: work, paying bills, [...]

    7. This is a fun and enjoyable book. Yogis is a great storyteller and I liked the parallels he drew between surfing and zen principles/practice. His courageous indomitable spirit is inspiring and the book left me with a ready-for-adventure feeling. I was hoping the book would have more emotional depth, however. There were places where he talked about his surfing experience as metaphor for his emotional struggle. Although these were very interesting stories, I felt like Yogis was using the stories t [...]

    8. I LOVE this book. A hands-down favorite. I actually have no idea how to review it, except to say that he says things that I've thought: about the ocean, surfing, and the ebbs and flows of life. It's amazing to read a book in which someone else articulates feelings that I haven't been able to, in such a thoughtful and simple way. Not just a surfing book or a Zen book, but a sweet journey ~ recommended for anyone who has connected with the rhythms of nature, or who longs to.

    9. I enjoyed the stories of this writer. I also appreciated how he didn't get bogged down in every detail but gave us the big picture of what he learned. The book could have been 500 more pages, however he got his story and point across in a very easy to read and easy to understand way. Any of you love the ocean and adventure, this is a fun and enlightening read!

    10. Interesting memoir of a guy whose teens and twenties focused on buddhism (joining monasteries, etc.) and surfing (repeated snap decisions to drop everything and move to Hawaii). The connection between buddhism and surfing is pretty tight; doesn't seem forced. Waves are a recurring analogy in a lot of buddhist texts & commentaries. I enjoyed it.

    11. Slow start, strong finish here. Good read overall though. How his editor let them publish Rockaway being part of Brooklyn is beyond me, though.

    12. I just can't put into words how much I loved this book. I just can't. The only thing I can say is: "Thank you, Jaimal, for being absolutely awesome and inspiring".

    13. Saltwater Buddha is the memoir of Jaimal Yogis starting with the first time he runs away to learn to surf the Hawaiian waves - at 16! - and onward as he moves towards a career in journalism. For me the book was at its best when Jaimal was describing his experiences learning to surf and the energy and vitality of his sport, "I was suddenly staring at a beautiful emerald green wall of water with white foam, towering above me. It had come from nowhere: a sleeper - a rouge. There was nothing I coul [...]

    14. This book changed my life. The most concise, enlightening and easily understood/read book on Zen Buddhism, via my favourite, and most life changing sport, surfing. This is the 2000's Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, but better. I carry this book with e every time I travel and refer to it on aq constant basis. Jaimal not only conveys Zen Buddhism in an easy to understand an connect with way, he shares his brave life story that so many of us have dreamed of. He is unapologetic in who he [...]

    15. I thought that this book was a great story about how Jaimal went from a kid on an island in the Atlantic, to surfing Hawaii and meditating. He became a surfer through his passion for the ocean, after running away to Hawaii as a teenager. His journey, from studying to be a monk, to living a life ruled by surfing in Hawaii, then leaving it all to study in New York, illustrates clearly that it is impossible for him to give up surfing or Zen, in fact, they rule his life. He attempted to become enlig [...]

    16. I read this book in one day (I had a lot of spare time) so that being said, it was quite easy to read. I enjoyed hearing the authors varied attempts at finding himself and the organic route he has taken in life - easy for me to relate to. I enjoyed his stories from surfing and traveling and how they shaped him as a person. I think relating all of these stories to Buddhism and the art of Zen was a stretch at sometimes and in parts of the book, it felt like I was just reading his journal rather th [...]

    17. Quick read. This memoir focuses on the links between Buddhism and surfing, but watching the author connect them is great for anyone even those not interested in both subjects. I really enjoyed his journey, it exemplifies the very real struggles from a young person's perspective. The afterword was probably the best part; I love the metaphor of life and the ocean.

    18. Excellent book! A book a read a while ago, but I still remember and think about parts of it. It's not just a surf book, you can read it for its attitude to life and the development of the protagonist (the author himself).

    19. Storia di un giovane americano figlio di hippy che viaggia per il mondo in cerca della pace interiore e la trova nel surf. Lettura noiosa, infarcita di gergo da surfisti e citazioni dalle filosofie orientali.

    20. Boom Exactly what I needed. More words to fill the 13 words of void the review requires. A few more words.

    21. Simply one of the best books I have read in ages. (And not just the first time) Thought provoking, and something that every surfer and searcher can relate to.

    22. This book was and stays incredibly important to me. It's gotten me through multiple tough times in my life. I highly recommend it.

    23. This book isn't out until May so customers haven't gotten a chance to review it yet, but here are some of the early reviews.“Jaimal Yogis has done, in this terrific first book, what every artistand writer strives to do: he has made something beautiful anduniversal from the particulars of his own life. He writes well aboutsurfing; he writes well about Buddhism; he writes well about what itfeels like to be a person; but mostly, he just writes well. Yogis’ssentence are clean, clear, and discipl [...]

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