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by Mary Paterson

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"In the stormy ocean of life, take refuge in your wise self." --Thich Nhat Hanh

When Mary's father dies she feels that she has lost her familiar inner Home. She plans a 40 day retreat to Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village in France. Each chapter in the book represents one day and one lesson. Day 12 is Humility, Day 21 is Impermanence and Mary uses her daily experiences to illustrate each lesson. Each day, each lesson brings her a little closer to realizing that the Home she though she lost had been with her all the time.

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"Death can be a destabilizing force. And when it touches you closely, you must somehow discover a way to find and rebuild your secure home," popular yoga instructor Mary Paterson writes. With the death of her father, she felt as if she had no place to stand. She had lost her home.Paterson's response to this life crisis, was to embark on a pilgrimage to Plum Village, the retreat of Nobel Prize-nominated Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. This wonderfully frank and funny chronicle of her 40-day sojourn offers readers the 40 Buddhist precepts that she learned. The primary theme is the necessity of discovering how to "take refuge" or find a permanent home within ourselves--without taking oneself too seriously. With chapters such as The Lesson in a Bad Fish, The Man Who Nicked My Headphones, How a Monk Washes His Face, and How Not to Be Sneaky, this lyrical, wise, and witty personal journey book is inspirational and a joy to read. Paterson's sensibility is grounded, realistic, and engaging.… (more)

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