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The silver mirror

Whenever we lose our vision, we risk losing everything. In “The Silver Mirror”, Abbot Yao reflects on those things that truly matter.

My honor is called loyalty

Abbot John has gone to war again. The Axis Powers were not defeated as we had thought. He hopes to live long enough to get the job done. In “My Honor is Called Loyalty”, he considers constructive options. Who will whisper “Soylent Green” to him?

The Woods (#5)

How does a slightly worn-out experienced man of limited means compete with a young and spoiled cosmopolitan heir. Not easily. In the final section of The Woods, Ming Zhen Shakya (Anthony Wolff) gives yet another example of there being no substitute for experience.

The Woods (#4)

The Standoff continues. Beryl will not drive into probable danger. She knows that it will be easier for George to find her on the one road that leads down the ravine, than it will be for her to locate George and the others in the endless woods, assuming they are even alive. Lilyanne takes matters into her own hands and forces unexpected reactions.

The Woods (#3)

George, Eric and Lilyanne have survived the plunge into the edge of Blue Marsh Lake, but a man with a rifle is shooting at them, waiting to pick them off if they try to surface for air and swim to shore. The men have the baby and the ransom money and they need only wait for hypothermia to kill off their pursuers. Why risk the evidence of gunshot wounds when nature will act silently and just as deadly for them? There’s trouble in the trio.

The Woods (#2)

The kidnapped baby’s grandparents refuse to permit the police to be called, and they deliberately inhibit the detectives’ efforts to identify the kidnappers. The baby has been taken to a mountain cabin in a remote area of a reclaimed strip-mining area. The grandparents want the baby recovered as the ransom is quietly paid; but the kidnappers have taken a trail too far, and their plan needs revisions that they’re not prepared to make.

El espejo de plata

Cuando perdemos nuestra visión, nos arriesgamos a perderlo todo. En “El Espejo de Plata” se ilustra la pérdida del foco de las cosas que verdaderamente importan.

A commentary on “Words: As images of God”

“This stone is poor and cheap in price. It is disdained by fools, but it is loved all the more by the wise” an Alchemist said. In this Commentary, Ming Zhen writes about the spiritual and temporal significance of the “Piss Christ”.

Words: As images of God

As the Way of Life says: “Existence is beyond the power of words / To define: Terms may be used / But are none of them absolute”. In “Words: As Images of God”, Yao Xiang Shakya steps into the terrain where words strive to become Real.

The Woods (#1)

As our second offering to our new Tales from the Sangha section, Ming Zhen Shakya, writing as Anthony Wolff (her father’s name) presents THE WOODS, a detective story that involves characters introduced in her 15 novellas series, Zen and the Art of Investigation.