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  • Published: 31 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9781446490068
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

The Novice

A remarkable story of love and truth




A delightful fable about truth and love from the author of The Miracle of Mindfulness

A devoted student and diligent worker at the Dharma Cloud Temple monastery, Kinh Tam is not who he appears to be. And yet the novice's true identity cannot be revealed without Kinh paying a terrible price.

To continue on the path to enlightenment, Kinh must suffer false accusations, physical hardship and public humiliation without complaint. With absolute grace, astounding compassion and unwavering resolve, the novice perseveres in the face of every challenge. Ultimately, Kinh Tam's moving fate will transform lives and offer hope for us all.

In these pages, Zen master, poet and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh retells an ancient Vietnamese folk tale, sharing Kinh's story as a teaching and proposing a real way of being in the the world that is utterly relevant now, in the twenty-first century.

  • Published: 31 October 2013
  • ISBN: 9781446490068
  • Imprint: Ebury Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 160

About the author

Thich Nhat Hanh

Born in Hue, Vietnam, Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist Zen Master, poet, scholar and human rights activist. In 1967, he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Martin Luther King. He founded the Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon, the School of Youth and Social Service and the Plum Village Buddhist community and meditation centre in France, where he lived for many years. He is the author of many acclaimed books including Peace is Every Step, Old Path White Clouds and Fear, which have sold millions of copies around the world. He lives at the Tu Hieu Temple in Vietnam where he was first ordained when he was sixteen years old.

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Praise for The Novice

One of our most treasured spiritual teachers tells a story that will touch your heart. So beautiful.

Marianne Williamson, author of A Return to Love

Thich Nhat Hanh has given us a luminous book. The Novice is both instructive and haunting. Its heroine holds a lantern for all seekers.

Julia Cameron, author of The Artist's Way

Thich Nhat Hanh is a holy man, for he is humble and devout. He is a scholar of immense intellectual capacity. His ideas for peace, if applied, would build a monument to ecumenism, to world brotherhood, to humanity.

Martin Luther King, Jr., in nominating Thich Nhat Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize

Thich Nhat Hanh shows us the connection between personal, inner peace and peace on earth.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Thich Nhat Hanh writes with the voice of the Buddha.

Sogyal Rinpoche, author of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

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