Thursday, October 11, 2007

Gunning for the Buddha



Buddhism is fascinating in all its forms and philosophies. With good reason, the West has been fascinated with this aspect of Eastern culture for a long time and it seems like we're always finding ways of adapting it to our own. That's certainly the case with Michael Jasper and his short story, "Gunning for the Buddha."

This narrative stems from and is a meditation on Master Linji's koan which states: "If you meet the Buddha, kill him." The main character, whose name we never learn, describes how she has had to kill the Buddha over and over again in a life-long attempt to quell the chaos. The story opens with her picking up a hitch-hiking Buddha so that she can throw him off of a bridge before she and her friends teleport to another place and time.

Sound interesting enough for you yet? This story touches on loss in our society as we have experienced it through war and hatred without becoming nauseating, incorporates science fiction and philosophy in a seamless manner and just won't leave your head for a very long time.
I highly recommend you read it.

1 comment:

Mike Jasper said...

Hi May -- thanks for the kind words and the link to my story! I had fun writing it, though I was channeling quite a lot of anger at the state of the world in the process. Glad it had an impact. Take care.