“In this book, Tales from the Monastery, my old friend, Alex Tang, is seeking to follow our Lord
by using stories and parables to impart spiritual truths which are at once so simple, yet difficult
to understand and live by… This is indeed a most commendable effort at communicating and
teaching gospel truths contextually in Asian forms!”
Bishop Rev. Hwa Yong
The Methodist Church in Malaysia
All of us perceive the world through a set of filters which are determined by our worldviews. These filters are essential for us to make sense of the world we live in and our place in this world. Unfortunately, they also remove anything that does not fit well and prevent it from entering our consciousness.
Stories have a wonderful way of bypassing these filters to reach our consciousness. Aside from entertainment value, stories are effective in teaching spiritual truths; they reveal and invite us into new ways of perceiving the world and God’s presence. This book is a collection of stories about little monks and one girl in a fictional monastery in the Sow Lin province of China, who are being taught the spiritual life by their mentor Abba Ah Beng.