Touching Ground

Touching Ground❴PDF / Epub❵ ☁ Touching Ground Author Tim Testu – Heartforum.co.uk The vivid story of a hippie a carpenter a Vietnam vet an alcoholic a marine engineer and a great dad who battled his demons on the Buddhist pathFrom October 16 1973 to August 17 1974 Tim Testu walke The vivid story of a hippie a carpenter a Vietnam vet an alcoholic a marine engineer and a great dad who battled his demons on the Buddhist pathFrom October to August Tim Testu walked all the way from San Francisco to Seattle bowing his head to the ground every three steps And that’s not even the best part of his story Tim Testu was one of the very first Americans to take ordination in Chinese Zen Buddhism His path—from getting kicked out of school to joyriding in stolen boats in the Navy to suatting in an anarchist commune to wholehearted spiritual engagement in a strict Buddhist monastery—is eual parts rollicking adventure and profound spiritual memoir Touching Ground is simultaneously larger than life and entirely relatable; even as Tim finds his spiritual home with his teacher the legendary Chan master Hsuan Hua he nonetheless continues to struggle to overcome his addictions and his very human shortcomings Tim never did anything halfway including both drinking and striving for liberation He died of leukemia in after packing ten lifetimes into fifty two years.

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Paperback  ñ Touching Ground Kindle Ä
  • Paperback
  • 216 pages
  • Touching Ground
  • Tim Testu
  • 21 February 2015
  • 9781614293330

10 thoughts on “Touching Ground

  1. Don Flynn says:

    Still not sure how Testu survived his insane youth but it's good that he did He lives long enough to give us this warts and all account of life at a west coast Chan monastery He accomplishes an amazing feat of a walking prostration up the coast It takes him nearly a year It attracts much attention at the time and even though it can't keep him from slipping up again he eventually figures out he's an alcoholic he remains a Buddhist and finds his own measure of peace

  2. Bern Callahan says:

    A compelling story with lots of detail about the author's descent into alcoholism and addiction his coming to Buddhism I found the author's struggle with life as a monk compelling The story left me wishing for and that's a good thing for a reader to want

  3. Ryan says:

    This was an excellent book and very inspiring Very well written and anyone that teeters on partying and also searching for zen can relate

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