Jaimal Yogis in Conversation with Arnie Kozak: All Our Waves Are Water

Event date: 
Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join Jaimal Yogis and Arnie Kozak for a conversation about Yogis's new memoir, All Our Waves Are Water.  In this compelling fusion of Barbarian Days and the journals of Thomas Merton, the author of Saltwater Buddha reflects on his “failing towards enlightenment,” his continued search to find meaning and a greater understanding of the Divine in the world’s oceans as well as everyday life.

ABOUT THE BOOK: 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 and the dusty streets of Jerusalem; and finally to San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Along his journey, Jaimal prays and he 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.

“Insightful, contemplative, and eloquently written, Yogis leaves us to realize that life isn’t about that elusive end goal of understanding humanity; it’s about the risks we’re willing to take in our journey to get there.”
—Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and Zealot

“Captivating.... Yogis finds wisdom everywhere [and] shows that the search for enlightenment, with its storms, lulls, and occasional thrills, is not much different from the search for the perfect wave.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Jaimal takes us on a raw, real and sublime ride through essays of his life journey around the world to understand the ocean in a drop through the story of his teachers in human and wave form to find what unites us.”
—Shiva Rea, surfing yogini and author of Tending the Heart Fire: Living in Rhythm with the Pulse of Life

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
Jaimal Yogis (above right) 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 written for ESPN: The Magazine, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Magazine, Surfers Journal, and many other publications. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Amy, and their three sons.

Arnie Kozak (below right) is the founder of Exquisite Mind, a consultation service for individuals (in the form of mindfulness-based psychotherapy), as well as for the community, healthcare and other professionals, and corporations. Exquisite Mind teaches mindfulness, the art and skill of living in the present, as a vehicle for managing stress and enhancing quality of life. He was also a Clinical Fellow in Psychology at the Harvard Medical School, where he completed his doctoral training.  His books include Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness, The Everything Guide to the Introvert Edge, and The Awakened Introvert. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.

 

DATE:  Thursday, July 20th at 7pm

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

ADMISSION: Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Vermont Foodbank.  Your $3 ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off a copy of the featured book.  Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.

BENEFICIARY: Founded in 1986, the Vermont Foodbank has grown to be the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. The Foodbank’s mission is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont goes hungry. In FY2016, the Vermont Foodbank distributed more than 12 million pounds of food to 153,100 Vermonters. The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation.

Event address: 
191 Bank Street
Burlington, VT 05401
All Our Waves Are Water: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment and the Perfect Ride Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062405173
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Published: Harper Wave - July 4th, 2017