King of Dhamma (Paperback)

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Author: Huei Lin

Pages: 24

Release Date: July 28, 2020

Publisher: RCN Media (RCN Shorts)

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About the Book

Partway through a silent meditation retreat, one attendee has a puzzling encounter with a dead man which shatters the monotony of his daily routine. When an old TV turns itself on one night and the dead man appears on the screen, a young writer’s reality starts to bend in startling new directions. His new companion preaches unorthodox wisdom that blurs the line between earthly pleasures and spiritual awakening— delivering a series of lectures that baffle and titillate with their straightforward love of sin. The young protégé becomes obsessed with this phantom, staking out the TV room at the end of each day in order to catch a glimpse of the elusive guru behind the screen. Their conversations are by turns playful and irreverent— and always thought-provoking. In the end, nothing is what it appears to be.


“As a 'writer' it was eye-opening and thought-provoking to read this short story about the tags we are given because of what we do or don't do. A thoroughly enjoyable, well-written short story.” - Joan Donaldson-Yarmey, Best Selling Author

"Bit of wry and sparkling writing from Huei Lin, this morsel of a short story captivates in the tradition of William Sydney Porter. Lin’s lotus-eating protagonist bumps up against a sacred cow, somehow coming out ahead in a semi-successful search for enlightenment. We should all be so disenchanted. More to come from this promising writer, we think." 

Jacqueline Carmichael, author of Tweets from the Trenches

“King of Dhamma is a unique and humorous story of one man's journey of self-discovery helped along by a highly respected leader. But does this character even exist? He is about to find out. Engaging!” – Laura Sturgeon, Author of The Big Ugly Sweater

"Huei's story is a hilarious deep-dive into the shadow side of asceticism that addresses the age-old philosophical question: Is it better to deny the sensual world in hopes of reaching a higher state of consciousness or to indulge one's desires and live a life of serial pleasures? Crisply narrated by an angst-ridden writer on his first silent meditation retreat, "King of Dhamma" tickles the funny bone while teasing the mind, proving that Huei Lin is a writer well worth reading."  - Derek Hanebury, Best Selling Co-Author of Both Sides Now

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