Join us for a screening of "Saltwater Buddha," a documentary film inspired by Jaimal Yogis's bestselling book of the same name. Jaimal will also read from his forthcoming book, All Our Waves Are Water.
Preorders of All Our Waves Are Water are encouraged and will be signed by the author.
About the film:
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. Now an author and father, Jaimal recounts his journey from jungle communes to zen monasteries, from the warm Pacific to the icy New York shore. Based on the internationally-acclaimed memoir, this is a chronicle of finding focus in the barrel of a wave and truth in the great salty blue.
About All Our Waves Are Water:
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.