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The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd

The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd


The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd

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4/5 (52 ratings)
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9 hours
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Released:
Jun 29, 2021
ISBN:
9781094418834
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Editor's Note

Live consciously…

The act of seeking spirituality has never had as many comedic moments as that of Mary Rose O’Reilley, whose journey leads her to tend sheep for a year. From Catholicism to Buddhism to the almost religious experience of leading large animals through their own life’s struggles, O’Reilley’s biography is a guide to learning to live consciously in a world that stands still for no woman.

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Deciding that her life was insufficiently grounded in real-world experience, the author, a Quaker reared as a Catholic, embarked on a year of tending sheep. In this often hilarious book, she describes her time in the barn as well as an extended visit to a Buddhist monastery in France.
Publisher:
Released:
Jun 29, 2021
ISBN:
9781094418834
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Mary Rose O’Reilley is the author of The Barn at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Buddhist Shepherd and The Love of Impermanent Things: A Threshold Ecology, as well as a novel, two collections of poems, and three other works of nonfiction. She has served as an American Council of Learned Societies contemplative studies fellow and consultant with the Society for Contemplative Mind in Society in its exploration of meditative disciplines in education. She works as a spiritual director, trained in the Christian (Shalem Institute) and Buddhist (Plum Village) traditions. An emerita professor of English at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, O’Reilley is currently active as a musician, potter, and homesteader on a rural island in Puget Sound.


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  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    A brilliant writer . . . O'Reilleytakes us to Plum Village, and the barn. She understands life.