Get ready to duck-dive into this epic journey of self discovery.
Saltwater Buddha is Jaimal Yogis’s first book, a coming-of-age adventure that takes you through the ebb and flow of his search to release his inner pro surfer and find spiritual awakening. Feeling like a fish out of water and not even finished high school, Jaimal steals money from his mom to pay for a one-way ticket to Hawaii, where the gods created surfing, with dreams of seeing his face on the cover of Surfer magazine and riding the pipe with Hawaiian tropic girlfriends in the wings. But reality is harsh. With the guilt of leaving home creeping up on him, Jaimal is living on a diet of wild pineapples and avocados, barely able to sit, let alone stand on his second-hand short board. Let the first lessons commence!
Spanning several years of his life, Jaimal weaves his experiences with the basic histories of surfing and Buddhism in a way that's easy to understand and captivating. Always searching and questioning, he constantly finds himself drawn back to the ocean to find answers. A dreamer and romantic myself, I found a kindred spirit in Jaimal, always relating to the big life choices we all have to make and the doubt and confusion that comes from them. I didn't want the teachings to end. Saltwater Buddha will ultimately have you looking at your own life's journey and making the realization that yes, “wherever you go, there you are.”
Check out the film version of the book on Jaimal's website!