Tales of Zen Buddhist Scoundrels

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Sensei, a man accused of laziness, malingering, sexual misconduct, alcoholism, blasphemy and depression, wanders in a netherworld somewhere between modern Los Angeles and ancient Kyoto. Going from job to job, sometimes serving as a priest, and at other times wandering the streets homeless, he always seeks, though his adventures, to wreck any attempts at smugness and certainty. More
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About Mel C. Thompson

Mel C. Thompson is a writer of fiction and poetry. His stories tend to center around the topics of greed, sex, religion, alcohol, and history. He is a cultural relativist, which means the good guys and the bad guys are often hard to find in any given tale he is telling. Being a staunch enemy of political correctness and traditionalist norms, it is unlikely that a doctrinaire conservative or an orthodox liberal would come away from these stories feeling happy. He is a trained philosopher who majored in that discipline at the California State University at Fullerton, specializing in such diverse topics as World Religions and scientific methodology. Much of his fiction might loosely be called "theological comedy," although he is now venturing into more overtly secular themes. He is also a publisher and has published other authors under his Mel C. Thompson Publishing Company label. As an amateur musician and part-time radio personality, he appeared on KMEL as a nerd rapper and geek-philosopher. He earlier wrote Buddhist hymns and ordinary pop songs. He survived as a security guard and clerical worker for decades before going out on disability due to a host of physical and mental health problems. At this phase of his life, his studies have gravitated toward higher math, computer literacy and electronics.

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Jnana Hodson reviewed on on June 30, 2019

Resounding like a collection of brief Zen master vignettes, usually with a baffling twist at the end, these inventive, contemporary tales ring right. The unexpected settings include golf courses, gaming rooms, and taverns. Throughout, I often found myself caught off guard and laughing. And those who come along to debunk the Zen practitioners are themselves debunked till nothing's left but a Void vision.
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