Tales from the Sangha

The Crossword Puzzle (#7)

If the truth were known, Greed would rank highest of human sin. Greed is not mere covertness, it is a disease of the mind. In the last installment of The Crossword Puzzle, Ming Zhen Shakya shows how easily a confused person can fall under its spell.

The Crossword Puzzle (#6)

“Evil to him who evil thinks” is, considering the Lex Talons, the guiding motto of the seeker of enlightenment. In Part 6 of The Crossword Puzzle, A Touch of Jail, Ming Zhen Shakya reveals Nola’s enduring principle.

The Crossword Puzzle (#5)

A private place in the woods. It sounds like he perfect place to meditate away the city’s problems. But, as Ming Zhen shows in Part 5 of The Crossword Puzzle, it can be the setting of so much more.

The Crossword Puzzle (#4)

Nola finds that creating a Zendo is an expensive and unappreciated task as Ming Zhen Shakya show us some behind-the-scenes chicanery in Part 4 of The Crossword Puzzle

The Crossword Puzzle (#3)

Neglect and individual defacement create havoc in a once-lovely building. In Part 3 of “The Crossword Puzzle”, Ming Zhen Shakya shows the daunting task that confronts Nola.

The Crossword Puzzle (#2)

Physical weakness does not guarantee an inability to cause trouble. As Ming Zhen Shakya describes Spencer Ghent’s condition he seems unable to create conflict. She’ll find out how wrong she’s been in Part 2 of “The Crossword Puzzle”

The Crossword Puzzle (#1)

An invitation to help correct a problem is often an invitation to accept the blame for it as Ming Zhen Shakya shows in Part 1 of The Crossword Puzzle..

The Landlord

An unexpected discovery casts a shadow over a young couple routine. In “The Landlord” our Former Abbot Ken shows us how love can overcome all obstacles and keep life in movement.

Death among the peaceful

How does a drive through a beautiful bucolic scene conceal disaster? Our Former Abbot Ken learns the hard way in the lovely Louisiana countryside in his “Death Among The Peaceful”

The Squatters (#10)

Do the Storm Troopers Evict the Squatters in Part 10 of The Squatters?
It’s a round-up at Rick’s house. A security team is called in, everyone is taken by surprise leaving the squad wondering whose who and what’s what. Everything gets upended. Find out who shows up and what happens in this final chapter of The Squatters.

The Squatters (#9)

Helena is healing with a new sunny disposition, Rick is content. Rick wants to square things with Mr. Begay and Helena wants to get back to painting…but the Squatters are prowling the street. And they don’t trust anyone. Don wants to kill Rick, Owen wants to help him.
Just when things seem to settle down, the Squatters move back in to Rick’s house…making Rick worried about blood on his new carpet. The battle to take back the house continues.

The Squatters (#8)

Sometimes things seem to spin out of control even when there looks like the possibility of progress.
Helena preps for facial reconstruction, Rick buys his expensive rug and life looks like it’s going according to plan. But is it? Is there a looming personal banking crisis over some big money gone missing? A savvy theft from ATM’s and a credit balance sending signals of “insufficient funds” are just a few of the transgressions unwrapping in Part 8.