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ISBN: 0861716159
Author: David R. Loy
Language: English
Publisher: Wisdom Publications (August 31, 2010)
Pages: 128
Category: History & Criticism
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.7
Votes: 970
Size Fb2: 1583 kb
Size ePub: 1845 kb
Size Djvu: 1892 kb
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This book is great fu. (Barry Magid, author of Ending the Pursuit of Happiness). He shows how stories have spoken us into existence, how each of us story the world into existence, and how these different stories inform and transform themselves, each other, and us. I consider Loy one of the most important spiritual thinkers of our da.

David Loy has created a new type of book with this study; rich in quotes from a diverse group of writers and thinkers, Loy then . I picked up a copy of The World is Made of Stories at the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies bookstore. I've been wanting to read this for some time.

David Loy has created a new type of book with this study; rich in quotes from a diverse group of writers and thinkers, Loy then dialogues with the quilt of voices. Mar 01, 2011 Tony rated it it was amazing.

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

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.

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Read unlimited books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android. In this dynamic and utterly novel presentation, David Loy explores the fascinating proposition that the stories we tell-about what is and is not possible, about ourselves, about right and wrong, life and death, about the world and everything in it-become 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. Loy combines buddhist and jungian approach to make a point: what we experience as the world that we know is crafted of stories that we. . Loy combines buddhist and jungian approach to make a point: what we experience as the world that we know is crafted of stories that we were told and that tell ourselves. The way he creates a narrative is very flowy: his thought jumps from one story into another, from a quote to a passage, from an observation to a line of a poem, and back to a story or a koan. Overall, I recommend this book as a source of liberation from constructs that have been in place before, that is, stories we were told, and a way to start flowing into new stories that construct a better kind of being-in-the-world.

Books related to The World Is Made of Stories. This book was enjoyable to read with an interesting take on our day to day existence and what defines our identities within the stories we tell. I enjoyed this book quite a bi. Show more.

The World Is Made of Stories (Wisdom Publications, 2010). Loy appears in the 2003 documentary Flight From Death, a film that investigates the relationship of human violence to fear of death, as related to subconscious influences. Nonduality focuses on the nonduality of subject and object in Buddhism, Vedanta, and Taoism, with reference to several Western thinkers including Wittgenstein and Heidegger. The main argument is that these three Asian systems may be different attempts to describe the same (or very similar) experience. Loy delivers freedom straight-up in a delightful, variegated .

This book is great fu. – Barry Magid, author of Ending the Pursuit of Happiness. In this slender but powerful book Loy draws the reader's attention to the power of words. – James Ishmael Ford, author of Zen Master WHO? "An inspired, sustained, poetic, and not-quite-linear contemplation of the nature of mind.

The World Is Made of Stories is a sequence of "micro-essays" and quotations that offer a new way of understanding .

The World Is Made of Stories is a sequence of "micro-essays" and quotations that offer a new way of understanding Buddhism and a new Buddhist understanding of the Way, consistent with what Buddhism says about the human predicament and how it can be resolved. Loy’s books include the acclaimed Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution; The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory; The World Is Made of Stories; A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency; and The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons, . Loy’s books include the acclaimed Money, Sex, War, Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution; The Great Awakening: A Buddhist Social Theory; The World Is Made of Stories; A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency; 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 and is qualified as a teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Buddhism.

In this dynamic and utterly novel presentation, David Loy explores the fascinating proposition that the stories we tell--about what is and is not possible, about ourselves, about right and wrong, life and death, about the world and everything in it--become 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 made--in a word--of 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.

Comments:

Zodama
I enjoyed this new book by David Loy, but first let me explain what this book is not:

It is not a systematic look into the nature of narrative and meaning.
It is not a philosophical tome with tight argumentation.

If the reader is expecting this he or she will be disappointed.

This book is very brief (just 100 pages, it can easily be read in two sittings), and serves more as a buffet of ideas about the nature of life, story, meaning, and enlightenment, that are highly, even contagiously suggestive. In fact a good portion of the book is composed of quotations from various thinkers and writers.

There are no definite conclusions drawn here, it is more of a springboard for further thought, discussion.

It is a fun and enlightening read, and because of its structure and brevity it might be ideal for a book discussion group as well.
Andromajurus
David Loy takes us into the role and reality of stories in our lives. He admits in the Preface that although Zen Buddhism challenges getting stuck in concepts, that does not mean that we can not acknowledge the role of stories in our lives. Loy asserts that one major story in our life is the story of the self. This book is a series of entry points each with an epigraph (there are one or two on every page) into different possible stories that people can live by. Although this is not a linear book, Loy does close with culminating references to the story of the Christian Heaven and to the Pure Land, suggesting that we might become the narrators (not Loy's term) of these stories. In the context of Loy's works, his subsequent book *A New Buddhist Path* (2015) contains a long section called "The Story" (pp. 65-104) that provides a summation and even more importantly a completion of the conversation begun in *The World Is Made of Stories.* In this newer book, Loy focuses in on the ultimate story, the story of cosmology (somewhat as told by Brian Swinne and Thomas Berry in *The Universe Story.*) For a discovery of diverse stories by which we might live, *The World Is Made of Stories* offers much more range and scope. In *The World Is Made of Stories* Loy gives us multiple perspectives on the variety of stories to which we are related or in terms of which we live.
Stoneshaper
David Loy is both a scholar and a practitioner. He has written scholarly books but in this book he takes a graspable metaphor- that of stories- and uses it to lead us through a very enlightening and transformative exploration of the deepest themes in the religious and philosophical conversation, right up to the post-modern present day, all without using technical language or referring to books you may not have read. He quotes liberally from books you may or may not have read, but chooses quotations that support and advance the approach he is taking. I recommend this to anyone who is engaged in the spiritual/philosophical journey, anyone who is willing to take their commitment to their own story lightly. Whether you have been on this journey a long or short time, you will find a wise, compassionate friend guiding you through the process of seeing the world through enlightened eyes.
Ka
This little book of diverse quotes, and Loy's narrative interludes, weaving and tying the theme of finding our voice, telling our stories and making our meaning (wrestling it from the cold reality of modern sensibilities and primordial vastness....) within the delicate balance of appearance and emptiness, illusion and experience, is delightful. Poetic and yet specific enough to clearly hit home, this is a quick read, easy to understand, yet rewarding to repeat visits. It is playful and profound, and perhaps most importantly, encouraging.
Runeterror
This is a very deep book, dense with concepts even though it is relatively short (103 pages not including the preface, index, and acknowledgements). It consists of short quotes from various authors, philosophers, and famous people regarding stories and myths, each followed by a paragraph or two of the author's commentary. The commentary ties the quotes together in an attempt to show that "the world is made of stories" and what that implies to us. He does this from a Buddhist perspective, but in an intelligent and gentle way that never beat me over the head with it.
I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. It contains more ideas than you would guess from its small size. While not a Buddhist, I thoroughly enjoyed Loy's perspective on stories as the atoms that make up everything.
Haal
This book is absolutely wise and delightful, expressing truth in spades and with a clever smile and warmth. If you really consider the ideas in the book, you will create in yourself a new understanding of your own consciousness, and the interplay of people in the world. It is filled with wonderful quotations, and the guiding stories succeed in removing you from a place of illusory self-righteousness.

I've given this book as a gift to several friends, who have thanked me later for the impact it has had. Thank you Mr. Loy!
Fordrekelv
Beautifully written meta-analyses of how we think and act in story terms, tying in lots of culture and quotes. It's not exactly gripping, but it's insightful. I teach this stuff and I enjoyed it.
A must read! For transformational work, psychology, and philosophy.

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