I recently received the email below from Gabriel Constans, author of Buddha’s Wife: A Novel. His most recent work was published in August and it looks to be a welcome, uplifting addition to the growing body of Buddhist fiction short story literature.
“Dear Ms. Beek,
I hope you will let your readers and friends know about this satirical short-story collection Zen Master Tova Tarantino Toshiba: The Illustrious and Delusional Abbess of Satire. Praise (and remorse) for the stories, from some famous, infamous, real and surreal, individuals follows (below the cover). Thank you for your infinite time and unwavering attention. Look forward to hearing from your most wondrous being.
Peace, love and tie-dye,
Zen Master Tova Tarantino Toshiba by Gabriel Constans
Fountain Blue Publishing
Published: August 1, 2014
This fictional short-story collection challenges our perceptions and illusions about religious masters, spiritual teachers, gurus, charlatans and holy men and women of all persuasions, while simultaneously tickling our funny bone and exercising the muscles our faces rely on for laughter. Zen Master Tova Tarantino Toshiba takes liberty with questionable material from the living sea, near Egypt; tofu paper, in Okinawa; a tomb, in Italy; a shaman, in Ethiopia; and a half-sister, in India. The words, quotes, koans and stories, of this soon to be classical work, include the timeless insights of Let the Worm’s Go, Dead Food, Reality Bites, Stealing the Buddha, Drip After Drip, Sound of One Eye, Catching Wind, Looking Good, My Cat’s Enlightened, Chocolate Box, and Sex, Drugs and Sushi Rolls.
Praise and Remorse for Zen Master Tova Tarantino Toshiba: The Illustrious and Delusional Abbess of Satire.
“Enlightenment or laughs? With Gabriel Constans’ book you don’t have to choose. Zen masters usually have a sense of humor, or need one. Gabriel’s got it, and he gives us a world of illusions to laugh about.”
– Bob Fenster, author of Duh: The Stupid History of the Human Race
“This is a blessed book that can be read during the rapture or while burning in hell.”
– Rev. Paat Robertson
“World leaders and politicians could learn a thing or two from the teachings of Master Tova Tarantino Toshiba. She understood and transformed the inspiring, Yes. No. Maybe, into Yes, we can, long before its use in politics.”
– President Ohlama
“Zen Master Tova Tarantiono Toshiba is a splendid collection of wit, women and wine. It reminds me of a night on the town with Mohammad Ali in drag.”
– Lady GaGaGa
“There are no teachings that are outside of you, except the ones inside this book. Unless, of course, you’ve eaten this book.”
– Bob Tzu, guru, avatar, wisdumb teacher at duhism.com
“An incredible onslaught of insight and universal truth – like Yoda on estrogen.”
– George Lucus
“An endearing and soul searching work that reveals hidden treasures of this infamous master and hysterically questionable abbess. My brother loves it.”
– Llama KanChew, Sister of the Dalai Lama
“Gabriel Constans’ divine book about the humble Abbess can be used as a book of prayer, inspiration or before communing with the poor or the filthy rich.”
– Pope Fransis, Bishop of Romen
“For those who are old enough to remember, the original Golden Girls sitcom was based on the real life teachings of that zany grand lady of Zen, Master Tova Tarantino Toshiba.”
– Bettie Whyte, Actress and Comedienne”