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The Mystery of 49 Buddhas
How do we know our perceptions are real?
How does a detective determine which clue to chase, and which to ignore?
How can anyone learn the lessons of the Six Realms without breaking out of our normal way of perceiving the world?
I thought of writing 49 Buddhas, my first Buddhist detective novel, after a session of Analytical Meditation. Analytical Meditation asks the meditator to focus on an object—a sound, a thing, or a mantra. Focus on something long enough, and eventually you experience its emptiness. A can of soda pop dissolves into an oddly shaped blur. Silence erupts into a cacophony of tiny sounds. The mantra we recite dissolves into wordless rhythm.