Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Spiritual Guidance

(Manjusri Centre.)

SM Stirling, The Tears Of The Sun (New York, 2012), Chapter Sixteen, pp. 490-491.

A Buddhist Abbot counsels a woman who has been an accomplice to murder. His advice is of more general application, as suggested in Written Wisdom.

Stirling understands several religions as if from within.


Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

I agree with what you said about how S.M. Stirling's has a deep understanding of several religions. He does seem a bit "chillier" about Islam AS Islam, while also presenting several Muslim characters sympathetically.

I'm surprise to realize that the only major religion we DON'T see in Stirling's Emberverse books is Zoroastrianism. Granted the Change must have killed most of the Zoroastrians in India and other parts of the world, I did wonder just NOW why we never see any Zoroastrians.

All this reminds me of Chesterton's sympathetic discussion of Zoroastrianism in THE EVERLASTING MAN. He considered Zoroastrianism the best of the non Christian faiths.


S.M. Stirling said...

It's a very big planet... 8-).

Sean M. Brooks said...

Dear Mr. Stirling,

True! But I do find Zoroastrianism, of all the non Christian faiths, by far the most interesting and LIKABLE.