Mary Paterson

Author / Teacher / Adventurer

Website for: Mary Paterson, author of the spiritual memoir, The Monks and Me: How 40 Days in Thich Nhat Hanh’s French Monastery Guided Me Home; yoga/meditation instructor; Buddhist practitioner; adventurer.

The Monks and Me inspires journalist - Toronto Star article, Dec. 21st, 2018


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"This wonderfully honest and often humorous chronicle is about finding a true home within ourselves.  Life changing and inspiring, it will touch your heart." Kristine Pidkameny, Editor-in-Chief, One Spirit®

"The Monks and Me meets three requirements for a satisfying lay meditative diary. One, she writes colorfully and well. Two, her book is, as far as I can tell, an accurate picture of the Buddha’s teaching, and often delights with the freshness of its images and insights. Third, The Monks and Me offers inspiration for both potential and experienced Buddhist meditators." ~ Paul McRae, Canadian Journal of Buddhist Studies

“Alive with deep truths resounding loud and clear in the small, amazing moments of everyday life, Paterson reminds us of what’s possible when we take the time to stop, look, and listen. An entertaining and juicy primer on the basic guidelines for a richer life.”  ~ Ragini Michaels, author of Unflappable

“There’s nothing better than a Buddhist with a sense of humor.Mary Paterson shares her vision of a joyful, committed Buddhism that can help us live gracefully in this very strange world. I feel better already.” ~ Brian Haycock, author of Dharma Road

“A magnificent book that eloquently juxtaposes Thich Nhat Hanh’s Buddhist philosophy against modern-day living – inspired, as seen through Paterson’s eyes. This book is a revelation of spirituality in quotidian things, of balance and fragility in the midst of chaos, and most of all a testimony to mindfulness. It is a must read for anyone who wants simple recipes for ethical living.” ~ Dr. Sema K. Sgaier, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation  

“I enjoyed this book enormously. It reminded me in the most concrete terms what I already know but tend to forget: Take joy, have compassion, be patient, pay attention, let go, slow down. Wake up! Each little story – my favorite may be the one about the boy saving the ants – is a reminder to us all to be kind and be present.” ~ Margaret Hawkins, author of After Schizophrenia: The Story of My Sister’s Reawakening after 30 Years

“Through her engaging stories, Mary has brilliantly interwoven the teachings of the Buddha with real life experiences, giving this ancient Eastern wisdom present-day relevance. Full of courage, honesty and humor, this is a deeply moving account of a sacred pilgrimage that reveals insights on how to live joyfully. With open heartedness and grace, Mary brings us along on a fascinating journey of discovery.” ~ Xiaolan Zhao, CMD, author of Inner Beauty and Reflections of the Moon on Water

“I feel like I have just returned from a 40-day retreat at Plum Village. Mary Paterson describes her experience in such a lively and loving way that it has actually become mine.” ~ Barbara Tammes, author of The Blueprint for Building your Castle in the Clouds

Foreign Publications and translations of: The Monks and Me