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The Novice by Thich Nhat Hanh
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bookshelves: santa-cruz, audio

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 offers.

As 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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Reading Progress

October 15, 2018 – Started Reading
October 16, 2018 – Finished Reading
October 28, 2018 – Shelved
October 28, 2018 – Shelved as: santa-cruz
October 28, 2018 – Shelved as: audio

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