Turtle Feet by Nikolai Grozni

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A brilliantly colorful memoir of becoming a monk and a young man's spiritual journey in India.

Nikolai Grozni, a Boston jazz piano prodigy struck by spiritual ennui, suddenly abandoned 15 years of music studies to seek out the Dalai Lama's university in India, where he began his quest for the ultimate truth. Instead of finding answers, Grozni fell in with an unusual cast of characters, and struggled with Buddhist logic and with the many small challenges to life as a monk in a community of Tibetan refugees. Turtle Feet is his bittersweet and funny memoir about the search for higher power, and the discovery of oneself amidst teeming, chaotic, and glorious humanity.


About Nikolai Grozni

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Nikolai Grozni was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and educated in the United States and India. In previous incarnations, he has been a piano prodigy, jazz musician, Buddhist monk, and, most recently, the author of three novels. Grozni holds an MFA from Brown University. This is his first book of nonfiction.
Published May 15, 2008 by Riverhead. 356 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Eventually he came to the realization that a life in which you’re expected to quietly contemplate all the time wasn’t for him, so—spoiler alert—he shed his robes and fulfilled a teacher’s prophecies that one day he would disrobe, fall in love and write silly books.

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There are passages of beauty about the nature of the mind and existence that few books about Buddhism can rival, because few books about Buddhism are written by authors with creative training.

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Christian Science Monitor

A music student renounces all to become a Buddhist monk – and then has second thoughts.

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