Books in Brief

Aaron Lackowski

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Saltwater BuddhaSaltwater Buddha: A Surfer’s Quest To Find Zen On The Sea
Jaimal Yogis
Wisdom Publications, 2009
256 pp., $14.95 (paper)

RAISED BY meditating parents, Jaimal Yogis began dreaming of buddhahood at a younger age than most Americans. His debut book, a coming-of-age memoir, documents his endearing and often comical pursuit of this dream. Escaping the suburban drear of a comfortable family life in California, Yogis runs away from home in globetrotting fashion: first to Hawaii as a would-be surfer, then to a Buddhist monastery in Berkeley, and on to Europe, Mexico, and New York, before finally settling down as a journalist in San Francisco. An open love letter to life on the road, the book feels like only the first installment of a samsaric series.

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