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In this dynamic and utterly novel presentation, David Loy explores the fascinating proposition that the stories we tellabout what is and is not possible, about ourselves, about right and wrong, life and death, about the world and everything in itbecome the very building blocks of our experience and of reality itself. Loy uses an intriguing mixture of quotations from familiar and less-familiar sources and brief stand-alone micro-essays, engaging the reader in challenging and illuminating dialogue. As we come to see that the world is madein a wordof stories, we come to a richer understanding of that most elusive of Buddhist ideas: shunyata, the "generative emptiness" that is the all-pervading quality inherent to all mental and physical forms in our ever-changing world. Reminiscent of Zen koans and works of sophisticated poetry, this book will reward both a casual read and deep reflection.
|Publisher:||Wisdom Publications MA|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
David R. Loy's previous books include the acclaimed Money, Sex, War, Karma, The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory, and The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons, a finalist for the 2006 Mythopoeic Scholarship Award. He was the Besl Professor of Ethics/Religion and Society at Cincinnati's Xavier University.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Anyone with an interest in postmodernism, narrative therapy, semantics, or Buddhism will find this book powerful and delightful. If you liked Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, you'll love the World Is Made of Stories.