In The Monks and Me, experience 40 days at Plum Village through the heart and wisdom of Mary Paterson in her own search for ''home.''

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How 40 Days at Thich Nhat Hanh's French Monastery Guided Me Home
Mary Paterson

This special memoir offers something very valuable, heartwarming, and real. It is not often that one has the chance to experience what it means to say "yes" to a 40-day retreat –- what that looks and feels like and the lessons learned each day.

After her father's death, Mary Paterson went to Plum Village needing to find her grounding and "Home" once again. Her entries are so honest and revealing, so inclusive of the reader in the potent journey she embarks upon there.

Paterson has the wonderful ability to include the reader in both her outer and inner experiences all along the way, which makes one feel actually present sitting in the meditation hall, eating mindfully at meals, working in the kitchen, and doing walking meditations around the lake with Thay.

Paterson is a wise soul, able to translate what she is learning into inspirations and revelations for us, and she does so with beauty and humor and ways that will appeal to anyone. One great lesson she learns is that wisdom comes in the strangest of places: a too fat suitcase, dead headphones, flu and illness, resentment toward another guest, or the gift of washing one's face each day.

Reading these short, compelling offerings –- one for each of the 40 days –- is truly like having one's own retreat. And it can be read again and again, a gift of all great books.

#34630 - Paperback Book - 235 pgs
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