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"In a writing style that is elegant and eminently readable, Koshin Paley Ellison illuminates a path of connection, care, and love." —Joseph Goldstein

Instead of feeling like I was reading about Zen in ways that were informative, but probably personally unachievable, Koshin's writing felt like I was simply talking with a good friend."

A wonderful book—easy to read and so inspirational."

Wisdom Publications
July 2019

From October 16, 1973 to August 17, 1974, 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.

This is the account of a hippie, carpenter, Vietnam vet, alcoholic, marine engineer, and great dad who battled his demons on the Buddhist path.


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 squatting in an anarchist commune to wholehearted spiritual engagement in a strict Buddhist monastery—is equal parts rollicking adventure and profound spiritual memoir.

Wisdom Publications
November 2018
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