Jaimal Yogis, All Our Waves Are Water

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 7:00pm

Online ordering has ended for this event. If you cannot attend the event, but would still like to have a copy of All Our Waves Are Water signed for you by author Jaimal Yogis, please stop by Bookshop Santa Cruz or call 831-423-0900 to purchase your copy to be signed before 7 pm on Friday, July 14th.
 
Bookshop Santa Cruz presents award-winning writer Jaimal Yogis for a book talk and signing of his latest book All Our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment and the Perfect Ride. In this meditative memoir—a compelling fusion of Barbarian Days and the journals of Thomas Merton—the author of Saltwater Buddha reflects on his "failing toward enlightenment," his continued search to find meaning and a greater understanding of the Divine in the world's oceans as well as everyday life.
 
For Jaimal Yogis, the path to enlightenment is surfing. Between water and air, between control and surrender, between the tangible and intangible realities of life, the spiritual can be found. Born to a family of seekers, he left home at sixteen to surf in Hawaii and join a monastery—an adventure he chronicled in Saltwater Buddha. Now, in his early twenties, his heart is broken and he's lost his way. Hitting the road again, he lands in a monastery in Dharamsala, where he meets Sonam, a displaced Tibetan. To help his friend, Jaimal makes a cockamamie attempt to reunite him with his family in Tibet by way of America. Though he does not succeed, witnessing Sonam's indomitable spirit in the face of failure offers Jaimal a deeper understanding of faith. When the two friends part, he cannot fathom the unlikely circumstances that will reunite them.
 
All Our Waves Are Water follows Jaimal's trek from the Himalayas to Indonesia; to a Franciscan Friary in New York City to the dusty streets of Jerusalem; and finally to San Francisco's Ocean Beach. Along his journey, Jaimal prays and surfs; mourning a lost love and seeking something that keeps eluding him, until he ultimately finds what he's been looking for--that the perfect ride may well be the one we are on right now. The poet Rumi wrote, "we are not a drop in the ocean. We are the ocean in a drop." All Our Waves Are Water is Jaimal's "attempt to understand the ocean in a drop, to find that one moon shining in the water everywhere"—to find the Divine that unites us all.

Jaimal Yogis is an award-winning writer, outdoorsman, and frequent teacher. He is the author of the memoir Saltwater Buddha, which has been made into a feature documentary film, and The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me About Survival, Success, Surfing, and Love. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School, he has written for ESPN: The Magazine, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, San Francisco magazine, Surfer's Journal, and many other publications. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Amy, and their three sons.

"Captivating…beautiful…Yogis finds wisdom everywhere [and] shows that the search for enlightenment, with its storms, lulls, and occasional thrills, is not much different than the search for the perfect wave.” —Publisher's Weekly (starred review)

"An immeasurably beautiful gift." —Eastern Surf Magazine

"Stirring honesty."—Booklist

"Lively, engaging...thought-provoking and useful." —Spirituality and Health

"Great sense of humor." —Surfer Magazine

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