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Book Title: The Monks and Me: How 40 Days in Thich Nhat Hanh's French Monastery Guided Me Home|
The author of the book: Mary Paterson
Date of issue: September 15th 2012
ISBN 13: 9781571746856
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 29.45 MB
Edition: Hampton Roads Publishing Co
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"Death can be a destabilizing force. And when it touches you closely, you must somehow discover a way to find and rebuild your secure home," popular yoga instructor Mary Paterson writes. With the death of her father, she felt as if she had no place to stand. She had lost her home.
Paterson's response to this life crisis, was to embark on a pilgrimage to Plum Village, the retreat of Nobel Prize-nominated Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. This wonderfully frank and funny chronicle of her 40-day sojourn offers readers the 40 Buddhist precepts that she learned. The primary theme is the necessity of discovering how to "take refuge" or find a permanent home within ourselves--without taking oneself too seriously.
With chapters such as The Lesson in a Bad Fish, The Man Who Nicked My Headphones, How a Monk Washes His Face, and How Not to Be Sneaky, this lyrical, wise, and witty personal journey book is inspirational and a joy to read. Paterson's sensibility is grounded, realistic, and engaging.
Read information about the authorMary Paterson is the author of the best-selling spiritual memoir, The Monks and Me: How 40 Days in Thich Nhat Hanh’s French Monastery Guided Me Home, about her 40 day pilgrimage to the Buddhist monastery of the world-renowned Noble Peace prize nominee, Thich Nhat Hanh after the death of her father. Published in 2012 in english in the U.S. and Canada, and currently translated into 8 foreign languages and published in Holland, Brazil, Lithuania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Turkey, Germany, and China to world-wide acclaim, through diverse real-life situations, Mary applied the sacred teachings of the Buddha and discovered and shared a timeless road-map to happiness and wisdom. Mary is the Founder of Toronto's Lotus Yoga Centre in Toronto where, for eleven years she taught the empowering practice of meditation and yoga to people from all walks of life: from A-list celebrities to professional athletes. She recently sold her Centre in 2013 to focus on writing full-time. Mary has traveled extensively throughout India, Nepal and Europe studying with renowned masters of various spiritual disciplines with a strong focus on Vipassana, Tibetan and Zen Buddhist practices. Mary also holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Queens University. Trained in classical ballet, and having extensive knowledge of the mind/body connection, Mary has an unusually high ability to teach yoga and meditation with great finesse. She performed in theatre and film, producing works with such luminaries as the singer, Jane Siberry and the internationally celebrated author, Michael Ondaatje. Mary is currently writing her second book on how life crises and difficulties are opportunities for greatness, based upon her recent extensive journey throughout the remote mountainous regions of the Himalayas, where she studied magnificent and rare meditation practices with highly revered Tibetan Buddhist Rinpoches.
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