The Novice: A Story of True Love #2019

The Novice: A Story of True Love Thich Nhat Hanh The Novice A Story of True Love Fans of Thich Nhat Hanh s Peace is Every Step and Anger and Deepak Chopra s Buddha will appreciate Hanh s wisdom and storytelling in his novel The Novice which contains universal themes that transc

  • Title: The Novice: A Story of True Love
  • Author: Thich Nhat Hanh
  • ISBN: 9780062092571
  • Page: 334
  • Format: ebook
  • The Novice: A Story of True Love Thich Nhat Hanh Fans of Thich Nhat Hanh s Peace is Every Step and Anger, and Deepak Chopra s Buddha, will appreciate Hanh s wisdom and storytelling in his novel The Novice, which contains universal themes that transcend all boundaries of faith, creed, country, and era.Through the parable of a young woman who stays true to herself and her faith in the face of adversity, Vietnamese Zen BuddFans of Thich Nhat Hanh s Peace is Every Step and Anger, and Deepak Chopra s Buddha, will appreciate Hanh s wisdom and storytelling in his novel The Novice, which contains universal themes that transcend all boundaries of faith, creed, country, and era.Through the parable of a young woman who stays true to herself and her faith in the face of adversity, Vietnamese Zen Buddhist master and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanh enables readers to embark on their own path of introspection and self discovery.With his trademark insight, Hanh presents a path to greater awareness of the means to manifest peace both inside oneself and in the world at large.
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    1. It is amazing how a book sometimes finds it way to you when you need it most I ve read other books by Thich Nhat Hanh so I knew this would be a great story but I didn t expect it to have such an impact on me, I read it in one sitting I needed to be reminded of how important it is to forgive The story line is simple and yet so thought provoking A young woman who wishes to be a buddhist monk disguises herself as a young man and becomes a novice Another young woman in the village accuses the monk o [...]

    2. I stumbled upon this book because I m planning a short story collection based on Vietnamese folk stories and renovated operas centered around women, and wanted to see if anyone had written a story about Quan Am Thi Kinh in English yet I was pleasantly surprised to find that one had been written by Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, whose name is famous within the Buddhist community I ordered it immediately The volume is thin, but packs a punch Anyone looking for a bit of spiritual wisdom will benefi [...]

    3. If Buddhism or Guan Yin are not of interest to you, then a two or three star rating would be in order The story of Kinh Tam and how she became known as Quan Am Thi Kinh Guan Yin is elaborated on by Thich Nhat Hanh in an uncomplicated, easy manner, as if he were talking to young people This teaching style is deceptively simple because it covers several Buddhist principals I was surprised at the end of the story when I had tears in my eyes I m not sure where the tears came from though I suspect th [...]

    4. I like the way the story of Kinh is told in a simple, clear and charming style A child at any age as well as an adult can read or hear this story and enjoy it just as much Because I am an Easterner, I can relate to that village girl Kinh and know how she exactly must have felt having to deal with frustrated hopes and aspirations and her only problem is that she is a girl in an Eastern society I like the spiritual nuggets spread here and there as I keep reading the story A story is meant to be a [...]

    5. Unfortunately I have to agree with some of the reviewers that this book s writing is somewhat off putting TNH is one of my favorite authors, and I understand that this is meant as a Buddhist lesson But still I could never really get into the story because of the writing, so I might not have learned the lesson as well as I was supposed to Not a bad book per se but I would basically recommend any other book by TNH rather than this one.

    6. It is not a grand literary read However it is very peaceful, and quick and easy One of those reads that really helps bring peace to the mind.And it s great because one gets to learn about Vietnamese folk lore I love to learn things.

    7. This book is a retelling of the old and very well known Vietnamese folk tale of Quan The Am also known as Guan Yi in Chinese and Kannon in Japanese Quan Am in Vietnamese means to observe or listen deeply to the sounds or cries of the world She is an important bodhisattva, or enlightened being, in Buddhism.Told simply and with great feeling by Thich Nhat Hanh, we are taught the Buddhist principles of compassion and loving kindness.I would now like to own a copy of this book and read it to my chil [...]

    8. The Novice is the retelling of a Vietnamese folk tale about a young monk who is repeatedly wronged, but who always does the virtuous thing As I read this book, I thought the story seemed familiar, and I realized that I read the same story as The Martyr by Ry nosuke Akutagawa Akutagawa does a much better job of story building The Japanese writer doesn t reveal to the reader that Lorenzo his novice and the equivalent of Thich Nhat Hanh s Kihn T m is a female until the end thus definitely resolving [...]

    9. I ve read several of Thich Nhat Hanh s books in my life When I saw this novel in the bookstore at Plum Village Monastery, I was surprised, for I hadn t known that he had written any fiction As soon as I got back to the States, I reserved The Novice at my local library and eagerly waited for it to come in.One of the many things I love about Thich Nhat Hanh is his writing style, something that I ve recognized in every book of his that I ve read, and The Novice is no different At first, it was a li [...]

    10. I have to confess I didn t finish this one I didn t even make much headway into it because the writing was so amateurish and annoying The author has written several books and is a poet, so I don t know what went wrong here.An example of what I mean by amateurish writing, pages 1 and 2 Waves of turbulent feelings arose rapidly within Novice Kinh Tam reviewed the precarious situation I ve taken the monastic vows of a novice I ve just been accused of having a sexual affair with Thi Mau, making her [...]

    11. This author is a far better Buddhist philosopher than he is a novelist This is a good thing because there are a great many novelists but only one Thich Nhat Hanh He provides such clear guidance for Westerners who wish to know the teachings of Vietnamese Zen Buddhism What interested me most about the folk tale of Kinh Tam is that the prefix Quan Am was added to her name after her death This gives her an association with Quan Yin, the Boddhisattva of compassion Perhaps she is the Vietnamese versio [...]

    12. The book would be a boring insight into Buddhist Monastic life,if it was about a man.In the area of Vietnam where the Buddhist Monastery is they did not have nuns who practiced in the area,although in this time period they existed.To compare and contrast,if a person leaves his or her gender role,they commit a grave and mortal sin in the Catholic Church.Taking a false vow or a deception can be equally frowned on in Buddhism.Doing thing in a prayerful and relatively slow and mindful way is a lot l [...]

    13. Quiet book about a Vietnamese monk who is really a woman Kinh Tam marries according to tradition but it doens t work out so she leaves her family and disguises herself as a man so she can join a monastery She loves being a monk but her life is threatened when a local woman in the village accuses her of being the father of her baby A dilemma presents itself does she take the severe beating and scandal so that she can hopefully continue life in the monsastery or does she reveal her secret to prove [...]

    14. This is indubitably an amazing tale The only reason I didn t give it five stars is this though the tale stands perfectly well, it s set in a time before DNA testing, etc and the ridiculously close mindedness of judgmental folks in a caste system I realise that modernity is definitely not the point of the book, but it did steal a little from the enjoyment of reading it That said, the story translates to any situation in the modern world, meaning how people deal with difficult circumstances Buddhi [...]

    15. Although I gave this a three star rating for literary merit, the value of this book deserves the highest rating any book can obtain The author, Thich Nhat Hanh, a Zen Buddhist monk and teacher nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967 has retold the ancient story of Kinh Tam a young woman who joined a monastic order and who suffered innumerable hardships in order to show us how to live with compassion and understanding He teaches us that our true home is within ourselves and that it is there t [...]

    16. In the tradition of Deepak Chopra s Buddha, Thich Nhat Hanh offers a poignant and beautiful novel with the power to teach, transform, and transcend all boundaries of faith, creed, country, and era For readers who know Hanh from books such as Peace is Every Step and Anger, or for those who may be new to the writing of the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist master and peace activist, The Novice will open a soulful road of introspection and self discovery, a path leading to greater awareness of the means to m [...]

    17. Considering the subject, story line of this book is not at all gravitation It does reflect the positive aspects of practicing meditation, having patience, compassion, empathy and an open heart for others but in a very dramatic way A young woman who wishes to be a Buddhist monk disguises herself as a young man and becomes a novice Another young woman in the village accuses the monk of raping her and impregnating her Felt like reading a D grade Chetan Bhagat s book P A dramaturgical

    18. The primary story, of a young Buddhist monk in historical Vietnam, is appealing in its own right and teaches many basic principles of Buddhism It s inspiring in a low key way, if one is inclined toward unerring loving kindness toward everyone The two afterwords are interesting for their history of Thich Nhat Hanh s work throughout his life.Not going to set the world on fire, but a good, short spiritual read for those interested in Buddhism and Nhat Hanh s work.

    19. It s been a long time since I have been moved to tears as I was during this book Such a beautiful story of strength, compassion, and love All people in this world could benefit from reading this book I just picked it up today and started reading it 2 hours ago I couldn t put it down until I was finished I am in love with reading Levette

    20. Brilliant Once again, Thay Thich Nhat Hahn knocks your socks off and rearranges your thinking about life, how others should be treated, and how we all should deal with others can you say compassion, be accepting The message at the end by Sister Chan Khong is heart rendering.

    21. I don t compare good books, but I have to say that this is truly the best book I have ever read Highly recommend, especially the epilogue.

    22. This is a beautiful story of a young woman who remained true to the five pillars of life, especially loving compassion towards all, in spite of extreme unjustified adversity Kinh Tam was dedicated to living the monastic life, so she disguised herself as a man to join a peaceful castle after a tragic event with her former husband While she was the most engaged, kind, blissful, dedicated and passionate novice of the monastery, she still faced extreme adversity at the whims of a fanciful townswoman [...]

    23. The author may be a Zen master, but a novelist he is not Call it what it is, a Buddhist pamphlet This could have been so much with a bit of editing advice, a bit of development of characters and sitautions It s all surface Nothing is explained how is this deep thinking carried out And what does thinking about a past situation do to change it If you re looking for a novel, you won t find it in this superficial booklet if you re looking for Buddhist practice whatever he means by practice you won [...]

    24. In my travels through Asia and Indochina, I have often come across statues of Kinh Tam known in China as Guan Yin Known as the bodhisattva of compassion, Kinh Tam embodies the four factors of true love also known as the Four Immeasurable Minds loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity In this book, Thich Nhat Hanh retells the classic Vietnamese story of Kinh Tam and how she achieved the highest attainment of a bodhisattva The story starts out in Kinh Tam s youth, when she was forced to ma [...]

    25. This is a short book with a story of holy person who went through unfair treatment without retaliating After this story, there follows the story of people in Vietnam who were helping those in need, but were persecuted for this Their story follows that of the holy person in the book The author of this book is one of those people, a monk, who went through those persecutions and was such a great influence on them The story of the Novice is not an exciting tale, but especially when put together with [...]

    26. Loving kindness, compassion, joy, and equanimity all characteristics that overlap and build on each other to create a peaceful and fulfilled life without being in struggle I loved reading this fable Simply put, it served to remind me of these values and to continue striving to live a mindful life Ever since I read Siddhartha by Hermann Heese, I ve come back to Buddhism again and again when I ask myself, how do I live my best life I hope to read Buddhist stories and texts in the future to contin [...]

    27. Old way of telling story of wisdomThe style of this book is very oriental which may not work for many readers In addition, The vocabularies used are very buddhist.And yet, I found this book very nourishing for my spirit The story of a gentle novice monk here also gives us glimpses of living in That s monastery Most importantly, we are taught and nudged gently to forgive no matter what and to cultivate joy, loving kindness, compassion and equanimity

    28. I haven t read his other books though they are said to be just as enlightening , but wow, was it really good I did consciously choose a thinner and lighter book to read after the heavy stuff I d been reading, but it truly blew my mind It s definitely different than the typical novel, but it is so empowering and calming I have a feeling I ll be rereading it many times in the future.

    29. This is a beautiful story of love and relationship with the world and every aspect of it The story itself is powerful, but so too are the essays mediations that follow For a deeper understanding of self, this is an excellent choice.

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