All Our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment And The Perfect Ride by Jaimal Yogis

All Our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment And The Perfect Ride

byJaimal Yogis

Hardcover | July 4, 2017

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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 grace in the world’s oceans as well as everyday life.

Born to a family of seekers, Jaimal Yogis 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 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.

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 mystery that unites us.


About The Author

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 writte...

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Title:All Our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment And The Perfect RideFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.93 inPublished:July 4, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062405179

ISBN - 13:9780062405173

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“To each locale, Yogis brings a journalist’s eye for detail, depicting the world around him in an evocative and unpretentious style. In a book ostensibly dedicated to internal states, this is no small feat… Narrating it all with a wry but engaged hindsight, Yogis is candid about his doubts and failures. It’s hard not to root for him as he stumbles toward enlightenment.”