An introduction to our new section: “Tales from the Sangha”
We here at ZBOHY are happy to initiate a new feature – “Tales from the Sangha” one in which our sangha members who have a fondness for writing fiction or, at least, are tempted to try it, can tell stories that amuse or instruct. We all know stories that can make others laugh or can help them to solve a problem or just to pass the time while they’re waiting at the bus stop. We’ll serialize longer stories and hope that the reader’s interest will be piqued enough to return to read the next episode.
We’re all grown-ups at the site – and kids don’t find Zen too interesting; so no one needs to worry about letting junior learn things he ought to wait another decade to learn. On the other hand, we don’t want to print slanderous stuff. So keep it fictional…. no real names, please.
We know that most of our sangha members are scientifically oriented and, as such, are trained to use the passive voice. We have a small instruction letter that we can send anyone who needs to convert from passive thinking, in which he deliberately eliminates himself, to the “omniscient narrator” active voice. Sometimes just getting started is the problem.
So send those original stories in. Who knows? Maybe the tales are worth the attention of serious publishers.
Ming Zhen Shakya