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Healing: A Woman's Journey from Doctor to Nun [Kindle Edition]

Thich Nhat Hanh , Sister Dang Nghiem
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Book Description

This extraordinary story takes the reader from the rice fields of Vietnam to the peaceful surrounding of Thich Nhat Hanh’s monastery in Plum Village. Healing traces a young woman’s path from an abusive childhood in a war-torn Vietnam, to a promising career as a medical doctor and poet, to finally finding true happiness as a nun. With humor, insight, and an irrepressible sense of joy, Sister Dang Nghiem story demonstrates how one woman’s unique path can provide clarity and guidance for everyone.

Product Details

  • File Size: 584 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Parallax Press (November 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00486U372
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,780 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cultural Coming of Age Story August 1, 2011
Sister Dang Nghiem's story is one I would not expect to be written by a nun. That it came from the same community I practice with and that I know her personally was an added joy. The story itself builds from the foundation of her early childhood experiences with sexual abuse and war in Vietnam, family dysfunction, and later experiences with a partner when she moved to the US. Somewhat disjointed character development and story plot made it difficult to follow at the start. The latter half was written with greater bravado, and focused on her work as a doctor into her move to ordain as a nun. To see a monastic practitioner write about their challenges with the practice inside the monastery, and how they overcome them, aroused a confidence for my own chosen path within the tradition. It made a nun, who I look up to, into a human being--her guidance as a teacher all the more accessible to ordinary people like myself. Extraordinary about Healing that some may overlook, is its portrayal of Vietnamese-American life. It is a story of social-cultural and historical importance. Born to an American soldier and a Vietnamese-born mom, Sister Dang's story is a record of life in our current times. It is a cultural coming of age story that proves quintessential in the presence of Dharma in the West, and in healing the wounds of war within our country and abroad.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sweet and true February 11, 2011
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This short memoir traces a path from delusion to engaged Buddhism, wrinkles and all. A tribute to the solidity of Sister Dang Nghiem's faith in her practice, as well as to her teacher, Thich Nhat Hanh. Sweet without pity; truth without bitterness. An inspiring read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I read this book in the span of one week. I had to keep stopping because her story is so overwhelmingly powerful. This book will teach you the importance of appreciating the moments of your life as you experience them. Sister Dang Neheim said that she "clung to the past and chased after the future," and she had to learn to be mindful of the present. She also learned to have compassion for herself and in this book Sister Dang Nghiem teaches us to have compassion for others. When I finished this book, I had tears in my eyes because it has affected me on such a profound level. I am very thankful to Sister Dang Neheim for sharing her story with us. I will definitely read this book again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A touching and heartful story June 7, 2014
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This book is well written telling a compelling story in a heartful way. I enjoyed reading it and learned more about the Vietnamese culture and the world of monasticswhich was interesting to me. I can recommend the book to anyone with with similar interests.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring story January 30, 2014
By maw264
I was deeply moved by Dang Nghiem's life story and how Buddhist mindfulness training helped her overcome or live in peace with her suffering. The book helped as a guide in my own life, reminding me that "suffering is optional." I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about the root causes of our pain.
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4.0 out of 5 stars sister, my sister! November 23, 2013
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I had heard about Sr. Dang Nghiem's life story but was surprised by the trauma of her early years. She writes clearly, simply and beautifully, and I could often hear Thay's voice vividly transmitted in her words. Her story is my story, your story, everyone's story, and as such, it conveys vast oceans of hope and healing. Su co Dang Nghiem skillfully and dispassionately shares her path, which only serves to strengthen the impact of her words. What a beautiful and moving offering of the heart. I feel a little bit more healed simply by sharing her journey through words; I feel refreshed by her Dharma rain--you probably will too. Bowing deeply in gratitude _()_
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