Monday, March 2, 2015

The Monks and Me: How 40 Days in Thich Nhat Hanh's French Monastery Guided Me Home

by Mary Paterson

Following the loss of her father, Mary Paterson embarks on a pilgrimage to the Buddhist Monastery named Plum Village.  Plum Village was founded by the famous Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh and is the home of many monks and nuns. Mary stays for 40 days and for each day she writes about one of the precepts and how it relates to her journey.

Mary is very candid about her stay.  The cold rooms, the quiet and fulfilling life of the monks and nuns, the food, the clothing they wear, the other visitors - Mary writes about it all.  I really enjoyed this book.  If you have ever contemplated a spiritual journey of any kind, you will appreciate this thoughtful book.


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