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Book Signing: All Our Waves Are Water by Jaimal Yogis

Stumbling Toward Enlightenment and the Perfect Ride

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
6:00 PM–8:00 PM

All Our Waves Are Water is an exploration of surfer-turned-journalist Jaimal Yogis’ “failing towards enlightenment” as he searches for God and meaning in the world’s oceans. Along the way he learns that the perfect ride may well be the one we are on right now.

Pioneering surf icon Tom Blake once called the ocean the blessed church of the open sky. More than any other sport, surfing embodies both a physical and spiritual quest. As a lifelong seeker, Jaimal Yogis sits at the center of that quest. His upbringing in a household that was dedicated to religious ambiguity left Yogis curious, desiring a connection with God but unsure where to find it. Yogis’ journey takes him from a monastery in Tibet to Franciscan monks in Harlem, from the warm waves of Indonesia to the foggy cold of San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. What place would be more natural to search for that divine power than on a board?

Following up his beloved first book, Saltwater Buddha, Yogis continues his quest into the spiritual space as an adult, traveling the world to look for the perfect wave and his place in the world.

Jaimal Yogis will sign copies of All Our Waves Are Water in the Rubin Museum Shop.
Publisher’s Weekly gives the book a starred review, calling it “captivating” and “beautiful”.


About the author

A graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Jaimal Yogis is the author of the best-sellers Saltwater Buddha, a coming-of-age memoir about how surfing and the sea helped him transition back to the world after a year in a Zen monastery (now also a documentary film); and The Fear Project, which looks at the neuroscience of fear and courage, using science, mindfulness, and sports to reveal ways in which humans can live more fully. His forthcoming book, All Our Waves Are Water (July 2017, Harper Wave) uses the sea as a metaphor to explore the true self. Jaimal’s writing has appeared in ESPN Magazine, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and many other publications. He teaches meditation and creative writing at places like Spirit Rock, Kripalu, 1440 Multiversity, and the Writing Pad.

Free program at the Rubin Museum Shop. Books available for sale.

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