Another review of some great Buddhist-inspired fiction.
Ever since she saw the corpse of a young boy, sixteen-year-old Weslyn has had panic attacks that have resulted in her friends leaving her. Her mother sends her to her grandmother’s for the summer, and she discovers a Tibetan lama living in the backyard shed. Reluctantly, she goes to his teachings and has a series of vivid dreams of life in Tibet in which she is the attendant to the female teacher Uza Khandro. She discovers that he has come to America to get a set of long lost Tibetan texts and the content of her dreams gives her more than a passing interest in helping him get them back from the collector who is hoarding them. Weslyn’s time with her grandmother and the lama bring about the end of her panic attacks and the beginnings of a deeper healing.
I was pleasantly surprised by the standard of this book, not only does the author know her Buddhist teachings, she also writes well. I enjoyed the story and felt it had a good mix of ancient and modern, and of Buddhist philosophy and indications of how they can be integrated into life. The Buddhism is good and so is a story. A very satisfying read that I highly recommend to anyone interested in Buddhist fiction. The book is suitable for both teens and adults.
I look forward to more from this author and I hope she submits the book to Awesome Indies Books because I don’t doubt that, using this recommendation, the book will receive Awesome Indies approval.
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