"Zen Story" is a short opera that tells the story of a holy man who takes responsibility for a young girl's pregnancy, despite it threatening his reputation and position. The girl claims that the child is the result of a holy man's intervention, and the opera explores themes of forgiveness and humanity through their interaction. Composer Miriama Young's music is inspired by the rich sounds of the temple, with a strong Japanese influence that is reflected in the minimalist, atmospheric score. Librettist Alan Spence's words perfectly complement the music, creating a reflective, meditative piece that allows the drama to unfold slowly and thoughtfully. The 15-minute format of the opera is ideal for expressing the idea, and the simple set and reflective commentary allows the words and music to resonate with the audience.