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Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a Black Buddhist Nun

Adiele, Faith

ISBN 10: 0393057844 / ISBN 13: 9780393057843
Published by W.W. Norton and Company, 2004
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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New York: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc. First Edition Hardcover and Dust Jacket in Fine Condition. This extraordinarily beautiful book is clean and unmarked, tight and bright white jacket with green motifs across it and Faith Adiele's picture as she faces away from the camera. Book lime green spine over off-white boards with darker green lettering on spine. This is a very personal memoir with journal entries along the margins. Faith Adiele learns the art of 19-hour mediation, surviving bats and snakes; she details the everyday activities of both her personal and spiritual journeys. Photographs throughout book,credits and permissions on page 289. New York: W.W. Norton and Company, 2004 First Edition. 7" x 9.5" tall; 289pp with Epilogue and Bibliography. Bookseller Inventory # 45018

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Title: Meeting Faith: The Forest Journals of a ...

Publisher: W.W. Norton and Company

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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A wry account of the road from Harvard scholarship student to ordination as northern Thailand's first black Buddhist nun. Reluctantly leaving behind Pop Tarts and pop culture to battle flying rats, hissing cobras, forest fires, and decomposing corpses, Faith Adiele shows readers in this personal narrative, with accompanying journal entries, that the path to faith is full of conflicts for even the most devout. Residing in a forest temple, she endured nineteen-hour daily meditations, living on a single daily meal, and days without speaking. Internally Adiele battled against loneliness, fear, hunger, sexual desire, resistance to the Buddhist worldview, and her own rebellious Western ego. Adiele demystifies Eastern philosophy and demonstrates the value of developing any practiceBuddhist or not. This "unlikely, bedraggled nun" moves grudgingly into faith, learning to meditate for seventy-two hours at a stretch. Her witty, defiant twist on the standard coming-of-age tale suggests that we each hold the key to overcoming anger, fear, and addiction; accepting family; redefining success; and re-creating community and quality of life in today's world.

About the Author:

Faith Adiele, a graduate of Harvard College and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, is assistant professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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