The Novice: A Story of True Love
Bestselling author and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh transforms an ancient folktale into a timeless parable of a young woman who dares to risk her life for her faith.
Born to an aristocratic family in rural Vietnam, Kinh Tam's uncommon beauty and intelligence were obvious to all she encountered. From an early age she was drawn to the teachings of Buddha and the rewards of...more
The volume is thin, but packs a punch. Anyone looking for a bit of spiritual wisdom will be ...more
However it is very peaceful, and quick and easy. One of those reads that really helps bring peace to the mind.
And it's great because one gets to learn about Vietnamese folk lore... I love to learn things.
Told simply and with great feeling by Thich Nhat Hanh, we are taught the Buddhist principles of compassion and loving-kindness.
I would now like to own a copy of this book and read it to my ...more
One of the many things I love about Thich Nhat Hanh is his writing style, something that I’ve recognized in every book of his that I’ve read, and The Novice is no different. At first, it was a ...more
An example of what I mean by amateurish writing, pages 1 and 2:
Waves of turbulent feelings arose rapidly within. Novice Kinh Tam reviewed the precarious situation. "I've taken the monastic vows of a novice. I've just been accused of having a sexual affair with Thi Mau, maki ...more
What interested me most about the folk tale of Kinh Tam is that the prefix Quan Am was added to her name after her death. This gives her an association with Quan Yin, the Boddhisattva of compassion. Perhaps she is the Vietnamese v ...more
"A young woman who wishes to be a Buddhist monk disguises herself as a young man and becomes a novice. Another young woman in the village accuses the "monk" of raping her and impregnating her."
Felt like reading a D grade Chetan Bhagat's book. :P
Not going to set the world on fire, but a good, short spiritual read for those interested in Buddhism and Nhat Hanh's work.
Se lee con mucha facilidad ya que es muy corto.
Loved this story--was spellbound, and have a greater appreciate for the art of meditation. Read in one day, I will embrace the message this books brings forth.
My dear friend, Susan recommended this book to me, and I made sure to put THE NOVICE on my Kindle to bring to the shore. I was on the beach, and started the book on Saturday morning, and could not out it down....
Such a beautiful story, I finished it in one sitting.
Kink Tam's story of ultimate love and presence was perfection ...more
There is an afterward, written by the a disciple of Thich Nhat Hanh, that tells of the ways in which the story of Hanh and his followers are parallel to the tale of The Novice: A Story of True Love. ...more