by Thomas D. Craig
Life is a choice for Riley Porter. He flees in the middle of the night with his mother after years of abuse from his father only to find alienation, anger, and lies hiding out in a small town. It is here Riley finds himself and walks a path of truth, of integrity, of love with the guidance of his new mentor and friend Willy. This story is loosely based on the Zen story of the same name that tells of a Zen master, Hakuin, who is accused of wrong doing in a small village only to respond unmoved to a wrongful accusation. It is in this spirit that Riley chooses peace and love amidst the chaos around him. As Buddha told us, life is suffering, yet it is each moment that we choose our life. Letting go of any attachment we are free to live in each moment. This story tells of this awakening available to all living beings.