Mediocre Monk: A Stumbling Search for Answers in a Forest Monastery

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$17.95  $16.69
Publisher
Girl Friday Books
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Pages
240
Dimensions
6.0 X 8.9 X 0.7 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781954854987

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About the Author

Grant Lindsley is a writer in Brooklyn, New York. He encountered his first Buddhist monk as an undergraduate at Carleton College, where he majored in psychology and minored in neuroscience, because he was majorly interested in himself and minorly interested in himself on drugs. He subsequently spent months training as a monk with the Thai Forest Tradition, a sect of Theravada Buddhism that seeks to follow the exact rules of the historical Buddha from over 2,500 years ago. Lindsley has worked at NOLS and briefly worked at Google until publishing his resignation letter in the Washington Post. An accomplished Ultimate Frisbee player, he has won multiple national championships and two gold medals for Team USA at the World Games. He received his master of fine arts in creative nonfiction from Pacific University and his master of business administration from Cornell Tech. He enjoys pranks and being outside with his family.

Reviews

"If you start reading this book, you are very likely to finish it. If you like rolling your eyes at earnest autobiographies, you won't get much chance to do that here. You will smile a lot, and probably laugh. And you'll come to understand and appreciate what a stealth insight looks like: the small 'OK, got it, moving on' followed, hours later, by the 'Ohhhh, OK.' Read the first page; you'll see." -Allan Filipowicz, clinical professor of management and organizations at Cornell University's Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management "Honest and intimate, Lindsley's arresting account of his time in the forests of Thailand speaks to struggles at once deeply personal yet universal: love, grief, desire, self-doubt, and the ever-urgent question of how to live this one precious life.
"If you start reading this book, you are very likely to finish it. If you like rolling your eyes at earnest autobiographies, you won't get much chance to do that here. You will smile a lot, and probably laugh. And you'll come to understand and appreciate what a stealth insight looks like: the small 'OK, got it, moving on' followed, hours later, by the 'Ohhhh, OK.' Read the first page; you'll see." --Allan Filipowicz, clinical professor of management and organizations at Cornell University's Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management "Honest and intimate, Lindsley's arresting account of his time in the forests of Thailand speaks to struggles at once deeply personal yet universal: love, grief, desire, self-doubt, and the ever-urgent question of how to live this one precious life." --Megan Molteni, STAT "Grant Lindsley's Mediocre Monk is a page-turning true story of [a] spiritual quest as riveting and thought-provoking as any you will ever read. It is funny and serious and searching and heartbreaking and unforgettable in every way, with crisp prose and a voice that rings out from the darkness of human misunderstanding and tries its level best to brighten the path for us. Lindsley has created The Razor's Edge for our time in Mediocre Monk, a work of great intelligence, honesty, humility, and literary value, and it will change your life as much as Lindsley's experiences in Thailand have changed him." --Mike Magnuson, author of Lummox: The Evolution of a Man "Grant Lindsley's lived a life unlike anyone I know, but while reading this book, I couldn't help see[ing] myself in his story. There are lessons here for anyone who's searched for answers within and found connection with others. Plus, it's very funny. I'm glad Lindsley's vow of silence is over and he's chosen to share this with us." --Jody Avirgan, 30 for30, "Good Sport" (TED), FiveThirtyEight "Mediocre Monk is a brutally honest and self-aware telling of a story familiar to us all: the shock of an unexpected loss, a search for meaning in its wake, and the wanting of validation from your peers. Lindsley knows who he is, and his memoir knows what it should be. It's a fascinating look behind the curtain of Buddhism in far-off places many of us will never traverse, viewed with the critical eye of a millennial Westerner. But it's also a funny, self-deprecating mockery of who Lindsley thought he was as a young man and an honest reckoning of what you can learn from months in solitary meditation." --Isaac Saul, founder of Tangle News "It doesn't seem fair that a world-class athlete can also be such a gifted writer, but Grant Lindsley's extraordinary story is simultaneously gripping and masterfully crafted. In his painfully personal journey, you'll feel transported into the mysterious world of a remote monastery, a place that seems both beautiful and excruciating. An enjoyable and thought-provoking read, Mediocre Monk is powerful, fascinating, and deeply honest." --Evan Lepler, ESPN "Grant Lindsley's must-read book, Mediocre Monk, isn't just a humorous, honest tale about his quest for enlightenment. Lindsley learns to see himself in everyone from hard-core monks to those who embrace the materialistic world he leaves behind. Most importantly, Lindsley's fabulous book serves as a mirror through which you can see yourself." --Andrew Hallam, international bestselling author of Balance and Millionaire Teacher.