Todd Walton is the author of the novels Inside Moves, Forgotten Impulses, Louie & Women, Night Train and Under the Table Books. His non-fiction work includes Open Body: Creating Your Own Yoga and The Writer's Path, a book of Todd's original writing exercises. In addition to his writing, he is a professional musician and pruner of fruit trees. His wife is the cellist Marcia Sloane. Their collaborative CDs are When Light Is Your Garden and So Not Jazz. Todd has also produced five CDs of solo piano music, notably Mystery Inventions and Incongroovity. He lives in Mendocino, California and writes a weekly column for the Anderson Valley Advertiser and is currently at work on an epic seven-volume fictive work called Ida’s Place.
Buddha in a Teacup: Tales of Enlightenmentby Todd Walton
The forty-two short tales that comprise Buddha In A Teacup are set in contemporary America, as opposed to long ago China or India. Each parable springs from the author’s meditations on fundamental aspects of Buddhist dharma as those teaching apply to the world today. Some of the tales are humorous, some sad, some erotic, some mysteriousall/i>
The forty-two short tales that comprise Buddha In A Teacup are set in contemporary America, as opposed to long ago China or India. Each parable springs from the author’s meditations on fundamental aspects of Buddhist dharma as those teaching apply to the world today. Some of the tales are humorous, some sad, some erotic, some mysteriousall linked and balanced by themes of mindfulness, compassion, generosity, kindness and love. The reader need not be a Buddhist or know anything about Buddhism to fully appreciate and enjoy these universal tales of the human condition.
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- 9 Years
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These brief tales are realistic in their renderings, but also parables with fanciful premises. The characters come to life but their stories resonate like poems, and therefore they are best read singly, one a night, before sleep - they fall into the unconscious with a little splash of recognition. Every now and then characters reappear, farther down their roads, and then it's irresistible to go back hunting for their earlier incarnation. In such cases the Aha! experience is not doubled but squared. "Enlightenment" is the effect, but it seems to come from within. These are as far from Zen koans as they are from Poe's detective stories. There is no slap in the face with punchline or revelation. The light that brightens at the end always comes in the form of relenting, as when an impasse dissolves, the expected disappointment fails to materialize, or turns out to be a blessing in disguise. Sometimes the final illumination throws dark shadows, when the moment of grace is refused in advance, and the refuser sees . too late. Walton is an artist of the possible, not the inevitable. Readers looking for a more commodious imaginary world to inhabit long summer afternoons, might prefer his Under the Table Books, a rousing picaresque full of character and event, with a 21st-century edge to it.