The World is Made of Stories



128 pages, 5 x 8 inches


ISBN 9780861716159

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ISBN 9780861719259

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“Loy’s book is like the self: layer after layer peels away, and the center is empty. But the pleasure is exactly in the exploration. At once Loy’s most accessible and most philosophical work.”—Alan Senauke for Buddhadharma

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 12:35 -- wisdom

A Spirituality & Practice “Best Spiritual Books of 2010” winner.

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.


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