From 1977 to 1979, two modern American Buddhist monks undertook the ancient ascetic practice of bowing once every three steps on a two and a half year pilgrimage up the coast of California from Los Angeles to Ukiah in Medocino County.
They took with them only their faith and a wish for world peace. One may ask: Who helped feed the monks? Where did they sleep? How did they diffuse the anger of drunks and overcome the hostility of law enforcement? What lessons did they learn in compassion and humility? And most important, what can we learn from them?
Journals & Letters on a Bowing Pilgrimage
The Hardest Part is Inside
These eight volumes contain the daily journals of the monks as they reflect on their physical journey up the California coast and their internal journey on their quest for the bodhisattva path. Numerous quotations and reflections on the Avatamsaka Sutra.