Mindfulness as Medicine: A Story of Healing Body and Spirit

Mindfulness as Medicine: A Story of Healing Body and Spirit

by Sister Dang Nghiem


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A Buddhist nun shares her profound journey of healing, plus step-by-step directions for embracing and transforming suffering through mindfulness, meditation, and other techniques
Before she became a Buddhist nun in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Dang Nghiem was a doctor. She’d traveled far in her 43 years. Born during the Tet Offensive and part of the amnesty for Amerasian children of the late 1970s, Dang Nghiem arrived in this country virtually penniless and with no home. She lived with three foster families, but graduated high school with honors, earned two undergraduate degrees, and became a doctor. When the man she thought she’d spend her life with suddenly drowned, Sister Dang Nghiem left medicine and joined the monastic community of Thich Nhat Hanh.

It is from this vantage point that Dang Nghiem writes about her journey of healing in Mindfulness as Medicine. Devastated by the diagnosis and symptoms of Lyme, she realized that she was also reliving many of the unresolved traumas from earlier in her life. She applied both her medical knowledge and her advanced understanding and practice of mindfulness to healing. Through meditation she finally came to understand what it means to “master” suffering.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781937006945
Publisher: Parallax Press
Publication date: 03/02/2015
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 504,260
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Sister Dang Nghiem is the author of the critically acclaimed Healing: A Woman’s Journey from Doctor to Nun, a Buddhist nun, a motivational speaker, and an inspiration for anyone who has ever dealt with severe illness or chronic pain. She was a practicing doctor at UCSF Medical Center before she became a Zen Buddhist nun in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. In 2011 she contracted Neuro-Lyme Disease, which affected both her physical and cognitive functioning. Using mindfulness practices, she has had what doctor’s termed a "miraculous" recovery. She continues to successfully manage her illness and pain with mindfulness practice. Sister Dang Nghiem lives in Magnolia Grove Monastery, outside Batesville, Mississippi.

Table of Contents

Preface 11

Chapter 1 Interbeing 25

Chapter 2 Friendship 79

Chapter 3 Joy 115

Chapter 4 Trust and Confidence 167

Chapter 5 Reverence and Respect 197

Chapter 6 Healing 227

Chapter 7 Oneness 303

Acknowledgments 339

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