The name Touching Ground comes
from the story of how the Buddha became enlightened.
Buddha had been struggling to reach enlightenment. He had fasted, he had prayed, he had abstained. Finally, he sat under a Boddhi tree and vowed not to move until he became enlightened.
As he sat there, Mara, the God of Illusion, came to attack him. He sent a rain of vicious arrows: arrows of greed, confusion, jealousy, anger, and other painful and reactive states. They invited the Buddha to believe in them, to fear that they were real.
The Buddha did not fight. He did not flee, or try and shield himself. Instead, he stayed put. He greeted the onslaught with an open heart, clear awareness, and unshakable dignity. With each attack, he simply said: "I see you, Mara."
Finally, Mara challenged the Buddha's very existence. "What gives you the right to sit there?" Who are you, to be alive?
As high as Buddha could go in the spiritual realms, his answer was not to call upon some transcendental state. Rather, his response was to fully own his place on this Earth. He reached out his hand and touched the ground.
In that moment, he became enlightened. Mara's arrows turned to flowers, and dropped at his feet.