SISTER DANG NGHIEM, MD, ("Sister D") was born in 1968 in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive, the daughter of a Vietnamese mother and an American soldier. She lost her mother at the age of twelve and immigrated to the United States at the age of seventeen with her brother. Living in various foster homes, she learned English and went on to earn a medical degree from the University of California - San Francisco. After suffering further tragedy and loss, she quit her practice as a doctor to travel to Plum Village monastery in France founded by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, where she was ordained a nun in 2000. She is the author of two books- a memoir, Healing- A Woman's Journey from Doctor to Nun (2010), and Mindfulness as Medicine- A Story of Healing and Spirit (2015). In 2019 she was honored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Global Studies program to deliver the T. T. and W. F. Chao Distinguished Buddhist Lecture on "Mindfulness as Medicine."
"What a profound and hopeful book! It offers the best practical
wisdom for life's worst experiences. Sister Dang Nghiem integrates
the neuroscience of trauma, effective treatments, and the
penetrating insights of mindfulness training. She writes with such
clarity and heart that you feel comforted and supported by her
presence on every page. A beautiful book, and highly
--Rick Hanson, PhD, author of Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
Through her own story and those of many others, Sister Dang
Nghiem, MD, offers a path to healing from childhood sexual abuse
through mindfulness ... a path that allows one to reclaim their
childhood and move forward in their lives and to heal what for many
is a very deep wound. A book that every victim of childhood sexual
abuse should read. Powerful and poignant.
--James R. Doty, MD, founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine and New York Times best-selling author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart
In this accessible and insightful work, Buddhist nun and former physician Dang Nghiem (Healing) outlines an approach to healing from trauma by using Buddhism-inspired mindfulness. Nghiem instructs readers in meditation, breathing techniques, and self-love affirmations that address the emotional and physical aftereffects of traumatic experiences. Nghiem supplements the book's theoretical principles with scientific information from her training as a physician and personal stories both from her own life and of those pursuing healing at her monastery. These small vignettes deepen the book's emotional impact, especially when Nghiem shares her own experiences as a survivor of sexual and physical abuse. While Nghiem's techniques can be valuable to anyone seeking personal growth or comfort for pain, those who have experienced severe traumas will find those treated here with sensitivity and compassion, and may find reasons to hope.--Publishers Weekly