Mary Paterson

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


  The Monks and Me:  How 40 Days in Thich Nhat Hanh’s French Monastery Guided Me Home

(US and Canada: Hampton Roads; The Netherlands: Gottmer; France: Tredaniel; German: Random House; Polish: Illuminato; Indonesia: PT Kairon Gradien Mediatama; Chinese (complex): Athena; Czech: Beta-Dobrovsky; Lituanian: Baltos Lankos; Turkish: Maya Kitap; Audio: Audible


“Through her engaging stories, Mary has brilliantly interwoven the teachings of the Buddha with real life experiences, giving this ancient Eastern wisdom present-day relevance. Full of courage, honesty and humor, this is a deeply moving account of a sacred pilgrimage that reveals insights on how to live joyfully.”
– Dr. Xiaolan Zhao, Author of Inner Beauty and Reflections of the Moon on Water”

A magnificent book that eloquently juxtaposes Thich Nhat Hanh’s Buddhist philosophy against modern day living – inspired, as seen through Paterson’s eyes. This book is a revelation of spirituality in quotidian things, of balance and fragility in the midst of chaos, and most of all a testimony to mindfulness. It is a must read for anyone who wants simple recipes for ethical living.” – Dr. Sema K. Sgaier, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation