BOOK REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY - Hidden Buddha by Jim Ringel
Book Title: Hidden Buddha: Lama Rinzen in the Hungry Ghost Realm by Jim Ringel
Category: Adult Fiction (18+), 298 pages
Genre: Mystery, Literary
Publisher: Black Bee Publishing
Release date: October 2022
Content Rating: PG+M due a section focusing on a woman's miscarriage of her fetus.
Ringel’s prose creates a delightfully unnerving atmosphere… readers are likely to find themselves carried along by the mood and mystery alone. - Kirkus Reviews
… a most enjoyable and engaging mystery. I urge you to take this wild adventure with the seductive lama. - Roshi Gerry Shishin Wick, Spiritual Director, Great Mountain Zen Center, Berthoud, CO
In Hidden Buddha Lama Rinzen finds herself reborn as a doctor into the Hungry Ghost Realm in a haunted hospital on Colorado’s eastern plains.
It’s an unfriendly place. The patients do not respect her, the staff ignores her, and there’s rumors of ghosts in the hospital.
Rinzen is afraid of ghosts. She is not even sure they truly exist. Instead she focuses on learning the Hungry Ghost Realm’s lesson about what the Buddha means when he talks about emptiness. If she can only learn that she will escape the hospital and progress along her path to enlightenment.
But nine-year-old patient Claudia says the ghosts are real, and that they are here to trap Rinzen so she might never learn and never escape the hospital. Not in this lifetime, and not in any future lifetimes either.
How can the lama learn without seeing the things she denies?
Maybe that’s what the Buddha means when he talks about emptiness. These little bits of ourselves we keep suppressed and hidden and never admit to?
I will be honest; I am not a huge reader of the horror genre. However, Halloween is my favorite holiday, and I was intrigued by the plot of this book. Part atmospheric horror, part mystery, and part Buddhist mystery I was hooked from start to finish. The Buddhist mystery aspect added a dimension to the story that gave it tremendous depth because of Dr. Rinzen’s search for meaning in the random events taking place.
This story takes place in a remote hospital in Colorado. Only a few patients are there, and Dr. Rinzen is the only doctor on staff with a literal skeleton crew. As such, she is responsible for resolving all the strange scenarios that continue to arise. At her core, she is trying to find meaning in all of this while reconciling what is happening when it seems like everyone around her is disappearing without explanation.
While this book is the second in the series, it can be read as a standalone. I didn’t feel like I was missing any of the backstory and know I will be going back to the first one. This series is truly and unexpected combination that is so well written it leave the reader wanting more!
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