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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (213 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Thich Nhat Hanh Narrator: Dan Woren Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Bestselling author and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh transforms an ancient folktale into a timeless parable of a young woman who dares to risk her life for her faith.

Born to an aristocratic family in rural Vietnam, Kinh Tam’s uncommon beauty and intelligence were obvious to all she encountered. From an early age she was drawn to the teachings of Buddha and the rewards of a monastic life, but to please her family she agreed to walk the traditional path of marriage.

Throughout her marriage, Kinh Tam’s mind was devoted to her husband but her heart never waivered from her true calling. She wanted to be a monk. And yet Buddhism was still new to Vietnam and temples accepted only men for ordination. Making a decision that would forever change her life, Kinh Tam left town, disguised herself as a man, and joined a monastery as a novice.

Despite the many challenges of living as a man, Kinh Tam thrived and became a beloved member of the community. Years of profound joy and peace passed until a local woman accuses the novice of fathering her unborn child. Kinh Tam is torn between two impossible choices: keep her secret and endure brutal punishment or reveal the truth that would prove her innocence but put an end to her spiritual path.

Facing the unbearable with the boundless heart of Buddha, her choice forever changes her life, her country, and her faith.

In spare, elegant prose, Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us that we, too, face our own injustices and suffering, and by connecting with love, we can, like Kinh Tam, discover a mind and heart that are peaceful, happy, and free.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Among Buddhist leaders influential in the West, Thich Nhat Hanh ranks second only to the Dalai Lama.” 

    New York Times

  • “He shows us the connection between personal, inner peace, and peace on earth.” 

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  • “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 

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jenn | 2/19/2014

    " Not only is it a moving story of a young monk, but a powerful demonstration of love and compassion. I probably didn't describe that right, you really have to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sally McRogerson | 2/12/2014

    " I loved this, which is evidenced by the fact that it arrived in the mail this morning! Admittedly I have had the day off and it was an easy read but it was Thay's normal standard of writing so easy on the eye. It's based on a Vietnamese folk tale and is one of those books that spends much longer in your head than in your hand. If you're interested in Buddhism there's not much that's new here, but I didn't feel that I'd wasted either the time or the money spent on it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Louis | 2/1/2014

    " A book that provokes tears and is well-worth reading, remembering, every week. Though the pages are thin, the material covered is not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ron Davidson | 1/31/2014

    " A simple story by the great teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, based on a Vietnamese Buddhist legend. The main character of the story, a young woman who disguised her identity to become a monk, and having faced much undeserved adversity in her life, demonstrates the true meaning of love and forgiveness. A good, very basic primer, in parable form, for beginners learning about Buddhist ethics, particularly compassion and loving-kindness. "

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