The barn at the end of the world : the apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist shepherd

by Mary Rose O'Reilley

Other authorsRobin Fox (Photographer), Beth Crowder (Illustrator)
Paperback, 2000



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Minneapolis, Minn. : Milkweed Editions, 2000.


1571312544 / 9781571312549


Deciding that her life was insufficiently grounded in real-world experience, Mary Rose O'Reilley, a Quaker reared as a Catholic, embarked on a year of tending sheep. In this often hilarious book, O'Reilley describes her work in an agricultural barn and her extended visit to a Buddhist monastery in France, where she studied with Thich N'hat Hanh. She seeks, in both barn and monastery, a spirituality based not in ""climbing out of the body"" but rather in existing fully in the world.

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LibraryThing member patryan
A brilliant writer . . . O'Reilleytakes us to Plum Village, and the barn. She understands life.
LibraryThing member kaulsu
As I recall, I didn't care for this book too much. Priscilla said she was about as accurate with what it means to be a sheppherdess as she was about being either Quaker or Buddhist. Not very.
LibraryThing member Solar-Moon
I actually loved this book. It's not something I would normally read (okay, the Buddhist part is), but I ran across it in the library and found it to be very interesting. You don't see many books about sheparding. It's worth reading if you're into the simple life or sheep.
LibraryThing member Arctic-Stranger
Being a Quaker and a semi-practicing Buddhist, I really wanted to enjoy this, but it feels too much like the author is trying to WRITE SERIOUS WORDS, and not enough like she is telling her story. I just could not get very deep into this book.

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