Timber Hawkeye

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Timber Hawkeye (born Tomer Gal, July 19, 1977), is an Israeli-born citizen and resident of the United States, best known as the author of Buddhist Boot Camp (HarperCollins Publishers, 2013), and of his self-published memoir: Faithfully Religionless (Hawkeye Publishers, 2016).



Hawkeye was born Tomer Gal in Bat Yam, and raised in Katzrin, a town in the Golan Heights of Israel, until he moved with his parents and older sister to San Francisco at the age of 13.

Hawkeye pursued several jobs during his teenage years and early twenties. He started out as a paperboy at 14 delivering the San Francisco Examiner in the Sunset District, and during his senior year of high school worked for the State Compensation Insurance Fund. He attended California State University, Stanislaus for college. Other jobs included at the California State University, Stanislaus Foundation Department and as a paralegal in the Bay Area and Seattle, Washington, focusing mainly on commercial real estate. Hawkeye has stated that he found living in Seattle more rewarding than California, despite earning less money.

After living in Seattle, Hawkeye sold his belongings and moved to Honolulu, Hawaii with the intention to lead a simpler life. [1] [2] He worked odd jobs on the island just to cover expenses, and spent the rest of his time engaging in leisure activities and study.

In 2013, Hawkeye published his first book, Buddhist Boot Camp. It is a collection of emails he had sent to his friends from Hawaii over the course of approximately eight years. It was initially self-published [2] and was later published through HarperCollins. [3]

After touring with Buddhist Boot Camp, Hawkeye moved to the East Sierras to write and publish his second book. He founded a publishing company, Hawkeye Publishers, in early 2016, to publish his and others' work.

Faithfully Religionless is a self-published memoir aimed at audiences who consider themselves spiritual, but not religious. It was launched at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. The book tour included appearances at several churches across the U.S.

The Opposite of Namaste was self-published on August 8, 2022. It contains 84 transcripts of Hawkeye's podcast.

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