Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Novice: Why I Became a Buddhist Monk, Why I Quit & What I Learned” as Want to Read:
The Novice: Why I Became a Buddhist Monk, Why I Quit & What I Learned
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Novice: Why I Became a Buddhist Monk, Why I Quit & What I Learned

0.0  ·  Rating Details ·  0 Ratings  ·  0 Reviews
In this memoir, a young man finds himself disillusioned by the conventional expectations of his parents, teachers, and culture. Desperate to articulate his deepest hopes and dreams, he discards his university education and abandons home, family, and possessions to journey in search of a meaningful life.
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Greenleaf Book Group
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Novice, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Novice

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Andrea
Aug 15, 2012 Andrea rated it really liked it
[This review also appears on Andi's Book Reviews.]

The Novice: Why I Became a Buddhist Monk, Why I Quit & What I Learned by Stephen Schettini is a well-written memoir that almost seems like a version of Jack Kerouac's On the Road, but overseas, and with a more religious theme.

Schettini's religious road began at a young age, when he was attending a Catholic school. Even then, he was questioning the philosophy of Christianity, and was able to expose some of the hypocrisy contained within, and
...more
Phil Mullen
Jun 04, 2011 Phil Mullen rated it liked it
I saw a review of this in a Buddhist magazine, bought it, & read it with intervals
of putting it back on the shelf.

It is not *gripping,* Heaven knows; yet it definitely *is* a truthful account of one English Buddhist's monumental attempt to live the monastic life, & his clearer vision of how those who maintain that system have all the usual human failings.

I am glad he kept at it over so many years, & admire his pluck, & found myself liking him very much as a human.
C
Oct 13, 2010 C rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-way
The chapter titled Turbulence is catching my attention.

Now at the end...I appreciate it as a memoir, and as a tale of struggle. The write chooses honesty as the path to follow in the face of confusion.
Rene Gauthier
Rene Gauthier marked it as to-read
Sep 19, 2016
Becky
Becky is currently reading it
Sep 05, 2016
Edward
Edward marked it as to-read
Jul 04, 2016
Cat
Cat marked it as to-read
Mar 26, 2016
Vajradance
Vajradance marked it as to-read
Dec 31, 2015
Martin
Martin rated it really liked it
Oct 24, 2015
Fouad
Fouad marked it as to-read
Oct 05, 2015
Lucas Santacruz
Lucas Santacruz rated it it was amazing
May 27, 2015
Todd
Todd marked it as to-read
Apr 24, 2015
Amanda Kaleta-Kott
Amanda Kaleta-Kott marked it as to-read
Apr 21, 2015
Andy
Andy rated it really liked it
Apr 03, 2015
Michael
Michael marked it as to-read
Mar 23, 2015
Karen Storlie
Karen Storlie marked it as to-read
Mar 10, 2015
Alan
Alan marked it as to-read
Jan 14, 2015
Charlotte
Charlotte marked it as to-read
Nov 01, 2014
Enso
Enso marked it as to-read
Oct 08, 2014
Sarah Armstrong
Sarah Armstrong rated it it was amazing
Jun 03, 2014
Stephen Toriello
Stephen Toriello rated it it was amazing
Mar 04, 2014
David Finlayson
David Finlayson rated it liked it
Mar 03, 2014
Dedwarmo
Dedwarmo rated it really liked it
Feb 15, 2014
Jennifer
Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Jan 07, 2014
Anthony
Anthony marked it as to-read
Jan 03, 2014
Karen
Karen rated it really liked it
Dec 16, 2013
Aimee
Aimee marked it as to-read
Nov 24, 2013
Will Gwaltney
Will Gwaltney marked it as to-read
Oct 18, 2013
« previous 1 3 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Share This Book