Post-NaNo Update – More Research

Because even when you’re writing the story – heck, even when you’re several editing passes in – research is never, ever done.

In this case, Buddhism. What can I say; I knew enough to start from, but getting specifics on it through my local library is… hmm. Shall we say, it’s easier to get the sensational-type stuff than plain “just the facts, ma’am”.

Besides, an interesting pic turned up in my internet searching while I was in the middle of NaNo and a character for it just showed up in my story and made herself helpful, while assisting in kicking evil butt.

So I’ve been having to do a bit of extra research just to make sure everything is plausible. Just in case. Because I read a lot of Japanese history, and much more manga, and that… shall we say, paints a very colorful view of the belief system.

(Pervert monk Miroku was one of my first introductions to a Buddhist character, ever. And after that – well. Genjyo Sanzo. Full stop.)

Not to mention, most of the image of American Buddhist monks and nuns in my head comes from Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire by Colleen Morton Busch. Wonderful true story, but maybe not the best source for technicalities on what Zen is or isn’t, what general Buddhists do or don’t do? At least it shouldn’t be an only source!

Anyway, so far all the ducks seem to be in a row for that character. Thank goodness. Because if Myrrh’s little light-frying of vampires went viral, and they know they need help with the Demongate… why shouldn’t a Californian Buddhist nun show up? 😉

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8 thoughts on “Post-NaNo Update – More Research

  1. Accuracy is good.

    Plus if you break the standard mold or have a character go against the norm, it helps to know what that mold or norm is. 🙂

    Besides some people have the mindset of “whatever works” even when it comes to their religion.

    And as demonstrated by Sanzo, someone can be very devote, take their religion very seriously, and still not follow its standard playbook to the letter. Because reasons.

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  2. Given that a lot of Japanese, Chinese, etc. people immigrated to California, it isn’t surprising that there are Californians who are Buddhist monks and nuns. The surprising thing is how many people become Buddhist monks who aren’t of Asian heritage.

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    1. No more odd then Buddhism spreading to China, really, considering it started in India and a lot of the odder choices are there to speak directly about Hinduism. Given it’s one of the few evangelical religions out there, too, it’s not surprising it spread.

      Admittedly, it’s as convoluted as Christianity, you can pretty much find a sect for any thought. While a lot of Californians I know tend to the philosophical end of Buddhism, there’s both a fair amount of traditional and super modern versions. Note that traditional means Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese versions…

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