140. Ong Lek had been a very naughty Buddhist indeed

Ong Lek had been a very naughty Buddhist indeed.

That is why the other monks had sequestered him in the two by four patch of garden surrounded by ankle-high barbed wire. To repent. But Ong Lek did not feel like repenting. He’d had it with this religion.

Buddhism had many virtues yet choice was not one of them. With each passing day in the monastery Ong Lek had grown  a bigger grudge against the cult of predestination that gripped the others. With each passing day he had rebelled more. He wanted to prove the other monks wrong.

That is why he’d done his shocking deed. To hammer an obtrusive nail in the coffin of predestination. He did it once and he’d do it again.

Ong Lek bowed his head. From under his garment he produced a sharp knife.

He desperately hoped he’d be right and prayed he wouldn’t reincarnate as himself for the second time.

 

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8 thoughts on “140. Ong Lek had been a very naughty Buddhist indeed

  1. elainecanham says:

    Imagine being born and thinking, oh no, not again.

  2. elainecanham says:

    Hi Dieter, Hope you don’t mind but I’m going to use your story as a really good example of flash fiction in my creative writing class tomorrow. (I’ve put your link on the handouts)

  3. Brilliant. Loved that last line.

  4. matthewexeter says:

    Well I find this interesting because I reflect at times how people who seek strict religous values do so because they may be people with very bad intentions, people who seek monkhood are perhaps worried they will hurt people in a normal life

  5. Wickedly fun. Well done.

  6. Ed says:

    Hello Dieter. Thanks for visiting my site. This is an interesting site, and I will be following it. Some great stories here, and some particularly good title. This particular story is well done. Not so accurate perhaps about Buddhism, but fun nonetheless. Good luck getting to #300

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