The Next Buddha

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Can a single act of love save the world from destruction? A peasant born in pre-war Vietnam has memories of a life he will live in the future. These memories offer clues as to why he must now face the horrors of slavery and war in his current life. Is karma a punishment, or is it simply a choice we make? More

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About J E Murphy

J E Murphy, author, poet, philosopher, credologist, student of natural history, anthropology, sociology, genetics, and politics. Novels include A VIEW FROM A HEIGHT, THE GOD VIRUS, and THE NEXT BUDDHA.

A credologist is a person who studies belief systems. I cannot say I have studied all belief systems, because I am sure there are some I have never heard of, but I have studied most of them. What I can say I have learned from this is that the world is a mystery and nobody knows enough about it to even head off in the direction of an answer. Yet still we demand that everyone else stop and look at our own broken compass.

I have been around the world and have seen how people live and worship in many different countries. I have been to Tibet, China, Nepal, India, half of the countries in Europe, a few in Africa, the Solomon Islands, the Galapagos Islands and parts of South and Central America. What I have learned from these travels is that, at heart, we are all the same; we are all cousins; we all want the same things out of life. As children, our souls are as free as angels, but we grow into the molds that our cultures have shaped for us.

I have always enjoyed most the books that expanded my horizons and showed me new ways to look at the world, a way to discard a broken compass, a way to break the mold of culture and belief. I hope that someday, people will say my books did that for them.

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Review by: Lynn on May 2, 2011 :
The Next Buddah
J.E. Murphy
5 Stars
Available At : Amazon , Smashwords or Lulu
235 Pages

In the sequel to “A View From A Height” we once again escape into the realm of the paranormal and re-incarnation. As they say to “live twice is no more remarkable than to live once”. But what about incarnation, to be able to see yourself and the problems of the future. This then is the story of An Dong, the son of a Vietnamese woman who was raped by her French master. Born during pre-war time in Vietnam he is raised during the slavery times on the rubber plantations owned by the French.

Writing down his memories he remembers back to when he was born, the cruelty heaped upon the slaves by the masters of the plantation and his first encounters with Krishna and how he saved him, Of Ha Linh, the girl he meets who will become his future wife and the children they will have. The memories from the past help him to see what he has to live through to what his life will be like in the future.

Now working in China he meets and marries Lahamo. Now in this life he has to take control and do what his dreams lead him to do.They must leave their children with their grandparents and go across the mountains and fight the monster,the infamous Chinese general Tong who is bringing his army across China. Here he remembers back on the Auto Biography of Xiao Chen Bang(whom we meet in the first book)

His fear says “To exist is to dream. To dream is to exist” So who is he really, Brahma, Tong Ye, Arjuna or even Krishna. One thing he is the God of his dreams. He is each and everyone. As he writes this story he remembers back how he relates things about his mother and his birth, Tong, who was a slave, Ha Linh, Lahamo he asks himself, who did I write this story for.

As with the first book, the author grabs the attention of the reader. Although fictional one wonders could this really happen..I would like to thank the author for giving me the chance to read this book as with his first one. Reading the first one gives more meaning to the second one.
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