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Ndaries of faith creed country and eraThrough the parable of a young woman who stays true to herself and her faith in the face of adversity Vietnamese Zen Buddhist master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh enables. A book filled with gentle wisdom and true compassion A small life faithfully lived made large by the transforming power of love Brief though it may be this story is not allegory or parable or empty didacticism The characters breathe with their own life and truth and the power and relevance of their choices come holistically through the telling Yet the greatest treasure is probably Sister Chan Kong s summary of Thich Nhat Hanh s life which follows the narrative and lends depth and credibility to the truth it contains the hope that it offersAs a final note I find Thich Nhat Hanh s complete disregard for gender utterly refreshing A soul is a soul is a soul There is an unaffected egalitarianism in his writing and teaching that one rarely finds within the leaders of my own tradition something I find myself thirsting for desperately

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The Novice A Story of True Love

Fans of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Peace is Every Step and Anger and Deepak Chopra’s Buddha will appreciate Hanh’s wisdom and storytelling in his novel The Novice which contains universal themes that transcend all bou. If Buddhism or Guan Yin are not of interest to you then a two or three star rating would be in order The story of Kinh Tam and how she became known as uan Am Thi Kinh Guan Yin is elaborated on by Thich Nhat Hanh in an uncomplicated easy manner as if he were talking to young people This teaching style is deceptively simple because it covers several Buddhist principals I was surprised at the end of the story when I had tears in my eyes I m not sure where the tears came from though I suspect that at least in part they were stimulated by my attempts to grasp the true meaning or what it is like to accept all people whether they let you down falsely accuse you belittle you ignore you treat you like a non person and Kinh Tam who experienced those judgments from others was able to maintain euanimity towards all beings by practicing Buddhist principles of compassion and non judgment The 100 page story was followed

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Readers to embark on their own path of introspection and self discoveryWith his trademark insight Hanh presents a path to greater awareness of the means to manifest peace both inside oneself and in the world at lar. This book is a retelling of the old and very well known Vietnamese folk tale of uan The Am also known as Guan Yi in Chinese and Kannon in Japanese uan Am in Vietnamese means to observe or listen deeply to the sounds or cries of the world She is an important bodhisattva or enlightened being in BuddhismTold simply and with great feeling by Thich Nhat Hanh we are taught the Buddhist principles of compassion and loving kindnessI would now like to own a copy of this book and read it to my children These are timely lessons for me personally and for all of us to be reminded of over and over again It certainly inspires me to learn of and do Buddhist practice I would recommend this book to allI loved the translations of the names and the following passagesKinh Reverence was a daughter of the Ly Plum family By the time she was 24 years old she had studied Buddhism had been married had been accused of attempted murd


10 thoughts on “The Novice A Story of True Love

  1. says:

    It is amazing how a book sometimes finds it way to you when you need it most I've read other books by Thich Nhat Hanh so I knew this

  2. says:

    I stumbled upon this book because I'm planning a short story collection based on Vietnamese folk stories and renovated oper

  3. says:

    If Buddhism or Guan Yin are not of interest to you then a two or three star rating would be in order The story of Kinh Tam and how she became

  4. says:

    A Young woman Kinh Tam who wishes to be a Buddhist monk disguises herself as a young man and becomes a novice Another young woman Thi Mau in the village accuses the monk of having a sexual affair that made her pregnant If th

  5. says:

    A book filled with gentle wisdom and true compassion A small life faithfully lived made large by the transformi

  6. says:

    I like the way the story of Kinh is told in a simple clear and charming style A child at any age as well as an adult can read or hear this story and enjoy it just as much Because I am an Easterner I can relate to t

  7. says:

    Unfortunately I have to agree with some of the reviewers that this book's writing is somewhat off putting TNH is one of my favorite authors and I understand that this is meant as a Buddhist lesson But still I could never really get i

  8. says:

    It is not a grand literary read However it is very peaceful and uick and easy One of those reads that really helps bring peace to the mindAnd it's great because one gets to learn about Vietnamese folk lore I love to learn things

  9. says:

    This book is a retelling of the old and very well known Vietnamese folk tale of uan The Am also known as Guan Yi in Chinese

  10. says:

    Reading Thich Nhat Hanh is like drinking from a cool stream