Surfing the Himalayas: A Spiritual Adventure

Surfing the Himalayas A Spiritual Adventure Charged with energy humor and insight this is the engaging story of a young American snowboarder who travels to the Himalayas seeking the ultimate high but surfs into an experience transcendent tha

  • Title: Surfing the Himalayas: A Spiritual Adventure
  • Author: Frederick Lenz
  • ISBN: 9780312152178
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • Charged with energy, humor, and insight, this is the engaging story of a young American snowboarder who travels to the Himalayas seeking the ultimate high but surfs into an experience transcendent than he could have ever imagined In an accident of karmic destiny, the young man plows into a Buddhist monk named Master Fwap who takes him on as a spiritual apprentice.Charged with energy, humor, and insight, this is the engaging story of a young American snowboarder who travels to the Himalayas seeking the ultimate high but surfs into an experience transcendent than he could have ever imagined In an accident of karmic destiny, the young man plows into a Buddhist monk named Master Fwap who takes him on as a spiritual apprentice Using snowboarding as a path to enlightenment, the charming and learned Master Fwap shows how, by freeing the mind and challenging the soul, one can master any mountain and master himself.

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    1. If tempted to read Surfing the Himalayas, do yourself an enormous favor and instead use the pages to slice away your corneas. It will be far less painful in the long run. This book is the translation of Buddhism into IKEA furniture instructions.With sincere apologies to IKEA

    2. Gawd, I tried to get through this book, and finally tossed it after this, on page 152:"I asked Master Fwap if he would explain, in more physical terms, the high- and low-range "frequencies" he had mentioned to me. I thought I understood some of what he had said to me, but parts of his explanation still seemed difficult, if not impossible, for me to grasp."Master Fwap, would you please tell me a little more about these high- and low-range frequencies?Yes, of course."and, two paragraphs later"What [...]

    3. A spiritual adventure indeed. Read this years ago right around the time it first came out, and as I'm updating my book list with it, I find that I will probably need to read this one again. Forgot I had this book, and interestingly, it is about a snowboarder, so it just shows you how long that sport has been around. Anyway, I was just learning about the metaphysical aspects of spiritualism when I first read it, and loved this book. When it was over, I put it down and felt like I really discover [...]

    4. Re-reading. At this time, some of the mysticism seems clearer and worth exploring further. What sticks in my mind most was the quote "Once you have become enlightened, you don't have to live in a monastery, because the whole universe has become your monastery."

    5. This book was soooo fun to read! Not only was it fun, it was a very spiritual journey. I read this book in 2 days and loved it so much. It really gave me a lot to think about in the spiritual sense.

    6. This one will stink up the room. There are so many better books out there for those who are interested in religion and mysticism.

    7. What a fun book to read! As a young adult myself, I found this story to be very relatable, especially in being that it tells the story of an American who ventures into an unknown land, learning ancient practices. It reminded me of "The Way of the Peaceful Warrior" and "The Tales of Don Juan." The book goes over basic Buddhist principles in a concise, clear way. Although the writing style is like that of a journal, which some might find to be elementary, it makes it all the more like we are peeki [...]

    8. I read Surfing the Himalayas long ago, at a time when I was starting to snow board. I believe my impression of it then was much different when I recently read it. On the surface it's about a young guy who comes to the Himalayas to surf the highest mountains, only to encounter a mischievous monk, Master Fwap, who wants to take up all his time and teach him about Buddhist principals. I found it enlightening and I enjoyed the fun, dialogue between the two explaining and debagting some pretty seriou [...]

    9. This is not a great book for it's writing. In fact, you have to be very patient in getting to the payoff. It's one of those books where my own personal life experiences factored strongly into my affinity for Master Fwap, and my willingness to slog through the author's colloquial writing aesthetic So it was hard to chose a star rating, because I'd rate it "Read at Your Own Risk, but Also I Did Get Something Out of It so I'm Not Going to Hate on It".

    10. This is an outreach book - great for young adults or teens.It is NOT a manual, factual or a study guide.Read it with the audience in mind. There is no 'short path' but it's nice to hope for.

    11. 2.5 A bit of a slog to get through. Lenz does give the reader a basic understanding of Buddhist principles - even so, I still was confused half the time.

    12. Surfing the Himalaya's Surfing the Himalaya's was a pretty good book but was kind of boring to be honest. The book was written by Fredrick Lenz. This book mainly talked about religions and a teenager who snowboards and is in the mountains. The young boy was in Nepal at the time to snowboard when he runs into a Monk who is Buddhist. The monk teaches the man ways to be happy by telling him stories and past experiences and the monk is trying to enlighten him. This book was pretty easy to read and d [...]

    13. Fredrick Lenz write "Surfing The Himalayas" in the first person. He is a young man who is searching for adventure. He decides to go to Nepal where he will take on the worlds tallest mountains with his snowboard. What he did not expect was to embark on a spiritual adventure that would change his view about life.When he arrives in Nepal, he stays at the Katmandu Youth Hostel. On one of his first days hiking and snowboarding he is stunned to see a Buddhist monk also snowboarding! He is more surpris [...]

    14. I was cleaning out my bookshelves while I was reading "Turtle Feet" and came across "Surfing the Himalayas". Looking at the blurbs, I thought it might be interesting to contrast it with Grozni's book.Unfortunately "Surfing the Himalayas" is truly awful--so dreadful I could barely make it through half of the book. Written in the style of a bad middle school essay ("How I Spent My Summer Vacation"), it makes Buddhism sound like an eternally sunny, self-centered, new-agey joy ride. No struggle, no [...]

    15. As a Buddhist, I could relate to the author pretty well when he talked about some of the practices of meditation. However, from a literary standpoint, this book is more philosophical than it is narrative, so if you're looking for a story with some action and an exciting plot, this may not be the one for you. I think this book would be good for readers who are interested in learning/reading about the religion, as there are a bunch of analogies (some snowboarding ones) that kind of help explain ev [...]

    16. This book was suggested to me as an easy ready, but it literally took me 3 weeks to get it read. At first I just couldn't get into it, and then when I did the subject matter was thought provoking and I had to read slowly in order to comprehend.The story is about a young American that goes to Nepal to snowboard in the Himalayan Mountains. He meets a Buddhist monk and is taught the theory of enlightenment from him through various stories/metaphors. In essence, the book is a theory on finding happi [...]

    17. Great idea, but ultimately a waste of time and not very well written. I remember enjoying reading it as a kid, but on this re-read I definitely didn't feel the same way. It felt more like a continuous plug for the benefits of studying Buddhism rather than any actual concrete story or instruction. I'm almost surprised there isn't an order form on the last page. I would say the book lost me at Atlantis, but there was a lot more than that that killed the book for me.

    18. At first I enjoyed reading the book and wanting to know more. That's where things fell apart, the author lied about his experiance or just plain tried to pass fiction off as truth. Whatever it was it just left a bad taste in mymind.

    19. I enjoyed this book because we all can learn something from it. I've been to that area of the world (Nepal and the Evereast region), and it would be my dream to snowboard and explore that area. The story at times got too unbelievable, but overall it is a good read.

    20. Delightful, insightful and fun. This book weaves clear,classic Buddhist concepts with the adventure of snowboarding. This is a wonderful story of a young man encountering a spiritual teacher in Nepal.

    21. Fun and light eastern spiritual adventure for westerners.It was written especially for Generation Xers (but the author is not a member).The author is one of the most intelligent, beautiful, amazing, noble, giving people I've ever known. I have to give it 5 stars.

    22. I was disappointed with this read. I felt the writing style was bad/awkward. The author would pose a question or observation in the narrative and then repeat the question/scene in dialog. All in all very awkward and I will not read the follow up book because of it.

    23. I enjoyed this book and thought it was interesting. It definitely made me more interested in Buddhism, meditation, and enlightenment. Reading about Master Fwap always made me so happy. I think it'd be awesome to always be as happy as he was in this book.

    24. This is a barely-veiled introduction to one man's interpretation of Buddhism. While I encourage anything that teaches humans to treat each other better, I just didn't think it worked as a "fictional" tale. But, I gave it two stars, because who doesn't benefit from reading about Buddhism?

    25. Fairly interesting book about Buddhism, but it carries a strong whiff of exaggeration, even hoax. It's also very brief and doesn't come to any structural (or other type) conclusion.

    26. A fun way to study Nirvana and BuddismIf englsih isn´t your first language it´s also a good way to spice up you vocabulary.

    27. I read this in college in my 'spiritual book' phase, and despite its cheesy name remember rather liking it. Its basicaly an intro to Buddhism.

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