The call for contributions to The Little Book of Buddhist Humor went out on the Sumeru web site in November of 2013 and I am just now getting to post about it. The post by Yönten (John Negru) at the blog link reads:
“Dear Dharma friends and colleagues:
Sumeru Books is collecting a series of anecdotal stories for inclusion in a book we are editing with Charles Prebish, called “The Little Book of Buddhist Humor.” In difficult times, we feel that the Buddhist world has the opportunity to contribute to and inject some happy, Buddhist-inspired humor into our everyday lives.
As such, we’re inviting any of you who have clever, funny, silly, and laughable stories that you have experienced in your personal and/or professional work and practice in Buddhism to submit these short episodes to us for possible inclusion. We are looking for stories from Buddhist teachers, scholars and sangha members. Maybe something really funny happened to you at a Buddhist center, or something humorous occurred while attending a professional conference, or a personal communication involving Buddhism brought a silly smile to your face. We’ll collect the best of those stories submitted and publish them in our book.
Please make sure the stories are no more than three pages long, remain in good taste, and represent anecdotes that you are comfortable sharing. They may be submitted to Charles Prebish (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to me (email@example.com), and should be submitted by Wesak 2014 (May 14).
We truly hope to make this a FUN project that will bring smiles to people worldwide, and we’ll be so grateful for any stories you may provide that will help us achieve our goal.
P.S. If you don’t have a story to share, you can still help out by spreading the word (click the buttons below to share this on social media or email it to friends/sanghas/etc).”
There is still plenty of time to contribute to this worthwhile project! Yönten’s post started me thinking about humorous episodes in works of Buddhist fiction. There are many novels and short stories with scenes that have made me chortle or laugh out loud. How about you, dear reader? Have you any favourite, humorous passages from works of Buddhist fiction? I would like to hear about them, or perhaps you can go to the link above and suggest something be added to The Little Book of Buddhist Humor. At the very least, please smile and share the request for contribution 🙂