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Jaimal Yogis
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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Publications,U.S.; Original edition (1 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0861715357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0861715350
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A heartfelt and honest work, whose lively, self-deprecating style enables the reader to empathise with Yogis at every stage of his journey."
-- The Times, 6 June 2009

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and riveting stuff 13 July 2009
I'm not entirely sure how I came across this book; to emulate Jaimal's use of analagies, my memory on the subject is like the many waves of the sprawling ocean, rising and falling with no clear definite beginning. But I'm pretty sure Jaimal Yogis (the author of this wonderful book) added me on Facebook, probably through the many Buddhist-related facebook groups I am a member of (and yet fail to contribute to...). I had no idea who he was. I went on his profile, curious as to who this strange, Hawaiian-looking guy with long curly hair was. Turned out he was a journalist who had just written a book called Saltwater Buddha. Now, I am no surfer; I live in Surrey, which is not exactly surfing territory (the lack of a coast line probably contributing towards that fact). I've never surfed in my life. But I am a Buddhist (well, I say that, I'm really just extremely interested in Buddhism and try to follow its key tenets. In fact, I'm probably a lot like Jaimal was at my age in terms of my spirituality-intrigued, excited, but not too keen on sticking to one thing for longer than a few months!).

To cut a long, pointless story short, I eventually bought Jaimal's book (it was, and is right now, my summer holidays, and I had completely exhausted every single book, film and video game in my house. I needed something new and different) and I am glad I did. It's a very small book, split into absolutely tiny sections which each act as an individual pearl of wisdom. However, these often self-contained reasonings on the relationship between Zen and Surfing, or on turbulent or important times in Jaimal's life all come together to form a fascinating coming-of-age story about a young guy who didn't know who he was, what he wanted to do, or what he believed in.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good as it could be 2 Jun 2010
first of all, i don't hate this book, the quality of writing is great, i like to surf too, so that appealed to me, i know a bit about buddhism and meditation, so i get that and i also like to travel a bit too, so on paper this book ticks all the boxes, i'm just not sure there is enough to go at with this book to make it a worthwhile exercise.

yogis biographical telling of his youth, surfing and spiritual enlghtenment always seemed to be too vague, i would've preferred him to write more, not skipping over details, more insight into his family life, upbringing, motivation etc. the book is over 200 pages, but there are too many chapters, sub-chapters, massive margins and text around 14 point with huge spacing. really this book is probably 50 pages or less at a typical 10 point novel text size. this alone makes me feel there's an element of insecurity and a lack of professionalism about the book and gave the impression it was aimed at a young audience, though i don't think it is.

yogis story is slightly predictable in terms of the links between spirituality and surfing, a touch of localism, a sketchy father/son relationship, he just doesn't go into enough detail about these things. it has all the potential of an exciting journey, years of travelling and surfing, searching out the very depths of yogis soul, his calling in life, but in the end becomes a list of places, a quick delve into buddhism, learning some surfing, then off to the next destination.

the thing with a sport like surfing is it's almost impossible to put into words without doing it, hence there being so few interesting surfing books. they rarely get past the stage of explaining to a non-surfer what surfing is like.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surfers Locker 17 July 2010
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Jaimal Yogis from an early age had been exposed to spiritual teachings from the East. In particular, Buddhism - with the underlying aim of seeking spiritual truth, found resonance with a young man who had also discovered a love of the ocean and surfing.

Perhaps then it is not surprising that the young disciple begins his quest of adolescent discovery by running away to the promised land of Hawaii.

It doesn't take long, however, for Jaimal to encounter life's trials and tribulations and the young surfer soon turns to meditation to help focus his thoughts and to divine the rest of his life.

From then on the development of Jaimal's spiritual being is inextricably linked to his journey as a surfer. The connection with the ocean is fundamental and proves a fertile proving ground in developing the young mind and body into a Saltwater Bhudda.

The book is written in easy bite-size chunks and is very easy to read. The story develops quickly into a good page-turner, but do stop and ponder for a while in places in case you miss the hidden gems of philosophy woven within. Not as well written as Tom Anderson's Riding the Magic Carpet, but still a good read that will resonate with many a surfer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it! 11 Jun 2010
Loved it, from the first page to the end. You definately don't have to be a surfer to enjoy this book, full of insight, humility and humour - cracking read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a little gem!! 5 Dec 2009
First of all, forgive my english because I am from Spain.
As you can see the book must be easy to read so a spaniard can understand it.

Ok you can and zen??? YES it is obvious to be well integrated.
What a great book!! ADVISE: Only for surfers!!

If you are the kind of surfer that thinks you have passed the line and got into the world of obsession this is your book.

Its the life of Jaimal. How surfing gets to be the most important part of his life. Maybe the only one. And how he fights against it.

very few zen (just a way of explaining things) and a lot of personal-surfing living life.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy quick enjoyable read
Loved his descriptions of places and emotions and the easy to read informal style of writing. It transported me away from the hustle and bustle of my tube journeys :-)
Published 2 months ago by M. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A very inspiring and interesting story. It helps that I like meditatingt and also water tho I can't surf at all
Published 6 months ago by E. Parr
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
it was a great read. I didn't want to put it down! I would recommend it to any keen surfer who is also into Buddhism.
Published 13 months ago by ABI
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
As a bit of a hippy and a wannabe buddhist I thought this would appeal to me and it did. A very absorbing read which makes you feel empathy with the characters.
Published 20 months ago by L M Tait
4.0 out of 5 stars Really good read
I really enjoyed this book, I found it interesting and inspirational. I could compare much of it to my own feelings which made it more real.
Published 23 months ago by Helen Clare
4.0 out of 5 stars Great insight
been wondering for a while if is all worth it. loads of time spent at work and little buy the sea ad with my family. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2012 by MR christopher harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Delving Deep
Read this book in just two sittings.

A great book for the free thinking / open minded. Makes you feel like you're not on your own and that not everything that's good is... Read more
Published on 10 July 2011 by Gary L. Grey
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit fluffy
Alright, quick quite easy read. Wish there was more about his surfing and less about zen. I wouldn't recommend to a friend but if you are into this type of fluffy stuff you might... Read more
Published on 11 April 2011 by Bournesurfer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Saltwater Journey
Is it travel lit? Is it a spiritual journey? Is it a surfer's tale? An autobiography?

It's all of the above & more. Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2011 by Nancy Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple and elegant
The most refreshing aspect of SWB is that Yogis doesn't get too abstract or lost in nuance. It's almost as if zen permeates his style as well as is words. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2010 by TheNewReview
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