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The Kosambi Intrigue: A Tale in the Time of the Buddha Paperback – September 1, 2012
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About the Author
Susan Stone, Ph.D., is author of "At the Eleventh Hour; Caring for My Dying Mother" (Present Perfect Books, 2001), a memoir on mindfulness and caregiving, which was nominated for "ForeWord Magazine’s" Book of the Year award in 2001. Authors Stephen and Ondrea Levine called the book “an exquisite exploration of the heart.” She is also co-author of "The American Mosaic" (McGraw Hill, 1995), a research study on workforce diversity, and is author of articles on mindfulness. "The Kosambi Intrigue" is her first novel. Susan has meditated for almost 30 years, has lived in monasteries for 3 years and has received mindfulness training from nationally recognized teachers. She teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the University of Virginia (www.uvamindfulnesscenter.org) , and she co-leads the Insight Meditation Community of Charlottesville (www.imeditation.org) , a weekly mindfulness meditation group. She has taught mindfulness to middle-school students; founded and taught weekly mindfulness groups in men’s and women’s maximum-security prisons; and is a co-founder of the Blue Ridge Prison Project. She was on the staff of the Being with Dying program at Upaya in Santa Fe NM for two years. Susan leads mindfulness workshops, classes and retreats around the country. She was a hospice volunteer and is a Reiki master who has worked with AIDS patients.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It transports one back 2500 years to another time and another place - a setting that students of Buddhism will recognize but find so much richer than they ever encountered before. But even if one isn't interested in ancient Buddhism, or any form of Buddhism, it's a very well crafted, unique story that any reader will enjoy.
Volumes have been written about the philosophy and practice of Buddhism, but aside from Hermann Hesse's "Siddhartha", very little in Western literature has been written about actual day-to-day life during the time of the Buddha. So it is that Susan Stone's "The Kosambi Intrigue" offers a rare glimpse into the early days of one of the world's great religions, focusing not on the Buddha per se but on the nascent monastic community trying to find its identity and chart a path into an unknown future.
What I found particularly fascinating was that this story is rooted in historic fact. Indeed, after the fashion of E. L. Doctorow, Stone goes so far as to include several actual historical figures into the mix of characters. Even Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha himself, makes an appearance. Withal, we are introduced to the names, places and culture of Eastern India during the 5th Century BCE.
Conveying information is one thing; storytelling another. And I must say that on both accounts, Susan Stone scores five stars! I'll admit that, knowing of her background as a lay Zen Buddhist priest, I worried at first that the tone of this latest book of hers might tend toward didacticism. But far from it! She tells, with vivid description, a compellingly human tale of conflict, compassion, ambition and the divergent visions of two strong personalities on a collision course. Oh -- and last but not least, we are treated to some good old-fashioned skullduggery!
The narrative is well-paced and I found myself reluctant to put the book down each evening, wanting to find out what lay around the next plot twist. The story opens with the young monk, Sati, torn between spiritual aspirations and basic human needs. His youthful conflict serves as a wonderful metaphor for the overarching theme of the book: noble aspirations in conflict with wayward human nature. This introductory episode directly segues into the pivotal (and historically factual!) water jar incident. And voilà, the game is afoot!
Susan Stone's The Kosambi Intrigue is such a book - guilt free fun. It's a great story, well written, while it also gives us a fascinating look into life in the time of the Buddha.
I highly recommend this book and hope that Dr. Stone comes out with a sequel.