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

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This book features an extraordinary quest for peace of mind. In this unforgettable 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 through Europe, the Middle...more
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Greenleaf Book Group
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Andrea
[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
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
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.
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