Mary Paterson is the author of the spiritual memoir, The Monks and Me: How 40 Days in Thich Nhat Hanh’s French Monastery Guided Me Home, about her pilgrimage to the Buddhist monastery of the world-renowned Noble Peace prize nominee. She is also the Founder of Toronto’s Lotus Yoga Centre, where for eleven years she taught people from all walks of life: from A-list celebrities and artists to physicians and C.E.O’s. She recently sold the Centre to focus on writing full-time.
Mary has traveled extensively throughout India and Nepal studying with renowned masters of various spiritual disciplines with a strong focus on Zen and Tibetan Buddhist practices. She holds a BA in psychology from Queen’s University and currently teaches writing and meditation at the University of Toronto.
Trained in classical ballet, Mary has performed in theatre and film, producing works with such luminaries as the singer Jane Siberry and the internationally celebrated author, Michael Ondaatje. Mary is currently at work on her second book, Between the Peaks of Light, based upon her journey throughout the remote mountainous regions of the Himalayas, where she studied rare meditation practices with Tibetan Buddhist Rinpoches.
Between the Peaks of Light: Losing Myself and Finding Kindness in Nepal