THE WALKER

A tale of mindfulness, loss and resilience

Ebook exclusive, Kindle, 35 pages, 2014.

Translated from French by Lisa Hannaford-Wong

Originally published in Purity: Japanese Short Stories

ASIN : B00J3A6SAY

 

A Buddhist monk of Japanese origin, trained in mindfulness, moves to Canada. Near his small apartment in Quebec City is a park, a real little urban oasis located by a high school. The monk takes a contemplative stroll there everyday; all is light and harmony, until...

 

"This was one of the most significant encounters of my life. An encounter that was a little like the first time I met my spiritual teachers. But it was also very different: it was more brutal and violent than anything I had ever experienced."

 

THE WALKER: A TALE OF MINDFULNESS, LOSS AND RESILIENCE combines humor and drama, poetry and reflections on happiness, interdependence, nature, acceptance and memories.... It is sure to delight contemporary readers, from the most busy, skeptical ones to the more contemplative. A bowl of fresh air!

 

"A text which brings peace to the reader. I was very moved by this short story and it still lingers in my mind. Thank you very much for this text full of hope. Five stars!"

— Rhalina, reader review on Amazon Canada

 

"[...] we can become a little bit more unstuck from our misperceptions of the tragedies of our lives. We can go back to a child's mind, with infinite possibilities, and see everything just for what it is, not for the emotional burden that we turn the world into. It isn't preachy or academic, but a gentle story, a few minutes of beneficial reading. *****"

— L. Woods, user review on Amazon.com

 

"Five stars: Thank you for sharing the story. I found it moving and full of hope. I found comfort in it and hope others find this too."

— Z. S-.W., a reader on Amazon UK

 

"A lighthearted approach to a dark topic. This story is full of hope and everyday beauty. The author's style is fluid and leaves the reader's soul soothed. Five stars."

— Normand B., reader review on Amazon Canada

 

"A book that will lift your spirit. Quick and easy to read, and such a nice balm for the heart!"

— Catherine, reader review on Amazon.com

 

"We can go back to a child's mind, with infinite possibilities, and see everything just for what it is, not for the emotional burden that we turn the world into. It isn't preachy or academic, but a gentle story, a few minutes of beneficial reading. *****"

— Larry, reader review on Goodreads

 

"A short piece, but very powerful. I am not sure what I expected when I began reading, but I enjoyed it immensely. Five stars."

— Liz, reader review on Goodreads

This is a short Kindle exclusive, priced at 99 cents, originally included in the now out-of-print anthology Purity: Japanese Short Stories.