The Monks and Me, by Mary Paterson

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The Monks and Me, by Mary Paterson

When her father died a few years ago, yoga instructor Mary Paterson felt as if she had no place to stand. Her response to this sense of upending was to grab the chance to spend 40 days at the Bordeaux retreat of the great Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh. She hoped and expected to find some peace and perspective.

What she didn’t quite bargain for were the unusual packages in which wisdom sometimes comes. 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. 

  • The Monks and Me
  • By Mary Paterson
  • Quality paperback edition, 256 pages
  • Book measures 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches
  • ISBN: 9781571746856
  • Books are nonreturnable