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A Prescription for Murder (#1)

A Phoenix cardiologist is the perfect choice to be framed for murder. She believes, as do all unenlightened souls, that she needs the society of other people. What she needs to learn is not to have friends, but to be friendly to everyone. But that spiritual state is a long way from where she finds herself. She distrusts Mexico’s legal system and she trusts friends from home who are known as reputable persons of integrity. Her misjudgments are now her biggest problems.

Hagakure (#1)

Few writers have been so prolific and so eloquent in their love of their country’s traditions as world-class author Yukio Mishima. In Part I of her Commentary on the Hagakure, Ming Zhen Shakya discusses Mishima’s obsession with the Samurai ethic. An expert swordsman, he planned meticulously for his death by hara kiri, but nothing about his final day went as planned; and his death became a travesty of a Samurai’s heroic demise.

The Party

Yin Ts’ao, in his own inimitable way, has personalized man’s essential conflict with the material world and all its spurious values. His setting is the home of newlyweds and his instrument of rejection is alcohol and maybe a few drugs. Welcome to “The Party”.

A Father’s Birth (#4)

In Part 4 of “A Father’s Birth” Da Shi Yao Xin finally survives all those pre-natal crises and samples the reality of the moment.

The Money Lender (#8)

The Blumenthals reach the limit of desperation as they seek to stop Harold’s conversion and get his wedding to Rebecca annulled. Stella is held captive. Harold’s new friendship with Rabbi Cohen quickly bears fruit. Harold, wondering what he will do with his life, sees the possibilities of converting his ranch to a “Mystic’s Motel and teaching center.” Rabbi Cohen has inspired him to extend spiritual guidance and refuge to others as he, Harold, has found it himself.

Hagakure (#0)

The Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun is proud to reprint Ming Zhen Shakya’s series on the Hagakure, an account of Samurai life in seventeenth century Japan. In this introduction to the ten part series, Shi Ming Zhen tells us how “Hidden by the Leaves” i.e., The Hagakure, came into being and compares Samurai and Zen’s Spiritual disciplines.

El ladrón generoso

Los sombreros de los monjes Zen japoneses impiden ver quién es el que da la limosna y quién el que la recibe… mmmm… y de que servirá eso…

A Father’s Birth (#3)

In Part 3 of “A Father’s Birth” Yao Xin Shakya follows the directions to the Athonite Church and experiences a revitalization of an old Zen teaching. He wonders how the Christian Blessing will affect his Buddhist future.

The Money Lender (#7)

Tim devises a way to get revenge, while Joshua schemes to get a prized surfboard and escape to tropical waters. Stella has to face the ugly truth about a lover’s promises, and Harold prepares to take religion seriously.

The Money Lender (#6)

As Tim’s life worsens because of the lies told about him, he decided to take his revenge. But that will not relieve him of having to pay the debt. Without law, there is no order. How is he then to get justice?