The Discovery of the High Lama (2009) by Sushma Joshi (ebook on Short Stories)
The spin of apparent circumstance settles into a life purpose for one and a humbling experience for another.
Dead Rose Tigerbalm in the Insight Bar
So far from the studies of Boston
Strumming lop-sided chords on the guitar
A Kathmandu backwater
So far from marketed fortunes
A potato stuffed mentality
Bigyan thought he was on a quest for
Black belt success
But the Enlightened One decided
The Discovery of the High Lama by Sushma Joshi
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Elusive be "the simple science of inner knowledge" for those burdened with bookish academics; for those who have concocted their own template of superiority. While his "friends" travel to Boston or Australia to seek mercenary, intellectual status, Bigyan, with his black belt in kyo-kushin karate, travels from Kathmandu to Mongolia to compete. He wins a silver medal and stumbles into the delighted welcome of monks. A bizarre, but fascinating sequence of circumstantial scenarios give birth to a multi-faceted awakening.
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