The fine print


This is a work of fiction. Any resemblance of characters to persons living, dead, or in-between is probably intentional, but not to be taken seriously.

This novel is for entertainment purposes only. Obviously you should not assume that anything on a web site with a name like “Buddhism for Vampires” is religiously or historically accurate.

Do not try this at home. The stunts in this story were performed by highly-trained Buddhist professionals, under carefully controlled conditions. Attempts to imitate them may result in injury or undeath.


Should any actual Buddhism be found in this book, it is thanks to my teachers, particularly Ngak’chang Rinpoche and Khandro Déchen. They are, of course, not responsible for my monstrous distortions (intentional and otherwise) of the precious Dharma.

I would like to thank my vampire-loving friends, family, and sangha for their enthusiasm and for helpful comments on drafts.

Uma Kate Bode prompted the writing of The Vetali’s Gift, via a comment on my Approaching Aro site.


For all dakinis everywhere—
especially the scary ones.

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Further reading

My metablog post “Buddhism, fictional and historical” explains the relationship between the “Buddhism” in this novel and the Buddhisms found in the real world.