The World is Made of Stories

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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


David R. Loy

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.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 128 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $19.95
  • ISBN 9780861716159
  • ebook
  • 128 pages
  • $16.99
  • ISBN 9780861719259
about the author
The World is Made of Stories

David R. 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.

Other books by David R. Loy:
A Buddhist Response to the Climate Emergency
A New Buddhist Path
Lack and Transcendence
The Great Awakening
The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons
Money, Sex, War, Karma

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