Johnny Black and the Tibetan Monk

Johnny Black and the Tibetan Monk - Charles James This is a very well written short story about a man Johnny Black who grew up on a farm in Minneapolis with a head full of dreams and a heart full of desires for the better things in life.

As most young men in the 60s, Johnny enlisted in the armed forces and unfortunately he was deployed to Vietnam. But he was ready and willing to give everything for his country. The author did an amazing job giving the reader an intense, gritty and realistic look of the war. He brings you for a short time into this horrible place and provides a reflective side of Johnny’s view while on this unforgettable tour.

He was now back home and for some ungodly reason he was heading for a complete disaster. It was the horror of the war and the vivid pictures that were etched in Johnny’s mind that changed the course of his life forever. He started to drink to forget the things that he witnessed and lived. He wanted to forget the killings the pain, and the heartwrenching moments. He got into fights, and into drugs and ended up in jail several times, but that didn’t seem to deter him. Following Vietnam there was nothing in jail that would scare him or keep him from doing what he wanted to do and that was always the wrong thing. He was heading for self-distraction and he had no idea how to stop.

While in this state of mind, homeless and hungry, he met a Tibetan Monk that taught him the mind tools that he could use to better himself, and guided him to the right path that would steer him toward a better life.

In the middle of this book, Charles James introduces The Everyday Man. He presents it as Johnny’s work while in jail reflecting his thoughts and his life. The author again did an amazing job in writing this remarkable part of the short story. It is clearly articulated and leaves you wondering about life. I absolutely loved it!

I read this short story a couple of times, and it is extraordinary. I would recommend it to all my friends, and to anyone who wants to see the life and distraction of a combat soldier when he tries to return to civilian life, and how he accomplishes a complete recovery with the help of a Tibetan Monk.