A little light reading can be very enlightening.
Buddhist fiction is fiction with a Buddhist world view. It can be any genre, and the Buddhism may be overt or covert, but the story will have Buddhist principles at its core. It does not have to be about Buddhists or mention Buddhism, and when that is the case, it will most likely be called metaphysical fiction, but what makes a story Buddhist fiction are the core concepts of the story or of one character within the story. Those core concepts will align with Buddhist beliefs.
My books are examples of Buddhist fiction. They fit the magical realism, fantasy, romance and thriller genres. Worlds Within Worlds, an adult metaphysical thriller, is about a Buddhist practitioner dealing with a cyber-bully in a Buddhist way. The Diamond Peak Series (YA fantasy) can be likened to a Buddhist version of the Pilgrim’s Progress; it’s an analogy for the Buddhist path to enlightenment. You Can’t Shatter Me (YA magical realism) introduces the Buddhist way of dealing with difficulties and includes instructions for meditation and loving kindness practice. Even my short stories reflect Buddhist principles.
Through my writing, as well as inspiring and empowering the general reader, I aim to reinforce the understanding of those who study Buddhist philosophy, and introduce an authentic Buddhist world-view to a general readership in a secular, entertaining and easily accessible way. My books seamlessly weave meditation instructions into inspiring, empowering and heart-warming stories.
Is the Buddhism in my novels authentic?
I have been a student of Tibetan Mediation Master Sogyal Rinpoche since 1998 and an instructor for Rigpa Australia since the year 2000. I was in partial retreat for twelve of those years and completed many advanced Tibetan Buddhist Practices. I was instrumental in setting up the Rigpa Australia online courses, and was the Distance Education Centre’s Teaching Services Director for twelve years. The Buddhist philosophy underpinning my books is as complete and authentic as I can make it based on my many years of study. I thank Sogyal Rinpoche for his patient, complete and authentic teachings.
You can find reviews of the Buddhist fiction books I’ve read in the Buddhist Fiction Category on the blog.