David Loy

  • Buddha Buzz: Dharma & Psychology, Buddhists on Twitter, and Simpler Friendships Paid Member

    Sweeping Zen recently posted a great interview with David Loy, a Buddhist philosopher and frequent Tricycle contributor, and among the topics discussed was the relationship between Buddhism and Psychology. We've found that this topic is surprisingly controversial, as reflected by the lengthy ongoing debate at "Human Nature, Buddha Nature," an interview with psychologist John Welwood from our Spring 2011 issue. What does Loy have to say about the relationship, similarities, and potential benefits of a cross-fertilization of Buddhism and psychology? He explains: More »
  • Turtles all the way down Paid Member

    This comic, recently sent my way by a good friend and former Tricycle intern, seemed worth sharing. I appreciate the message and the turtle instantly reminded me of a passage from David Loy's The World is Made of Stories, recently reviewed by Alan Senuake for Tricycle.From The World is Made of Stories: More »
  • Good Earth Day Paid Member

    Hello Earth. What can we say to you on a day like today—your day—when the glaciers are melting and the rivers are rising? That we're sorry? We know that you're sick. We know that we've taken advantage of you, that we're responsible for your dangerously high temperatures. Should we apologize to you on your big day? At a moment like this, would it be awkward if we said "Thank you"?On this Earth Day I'm thinking of something that Kurt Vonnegut wrote towards the end of his life. The crucified planet Earth, should it find a voice and a sense of irony, might now well say of our abuse of it, “Forgive them, Father. They know not what they do.” The irony would be that we know what we are doing. When the last living thing has died on account of us, how poetic it would be if Earth could say, in a voice floating up perhaps from the floor of the Grand Canyon, “It is done. People did not like it here.” More »
  • Nagarjuna Paid Member

    The object of knowledge in dream is not seen when oneawakes. Similarly the world disappears to him who isawakened from the darkness of ignorance.The creation of illusion is nothing but illusion. Wheneverything is compound there is nothing which can beregarded as a real thing. Such is the nature of all things. -Mahayanavimsaka of Nagarjuna via Himalayan Art Resources, More »
  • The World is Made of Stories: To Understand is to Story Paid Member

    The September Tricycle Book Club is underway, and we're discussing David Loy's The World is Made of Stories. Join the conversation here (sign up is free and easy!). From the first chapter of The World is Made of Stories: If the world is made of stories, stories are not just stories. They teach us what is real, what is valuable, and what is possible. Without stories there is no way to engage with the world because there is no world, and no one to engage with it because there is no self. More »
  • At the Tricycle Book Club: An Interview With David Loy Paid Member

    David Loy is going to be at the Tricycle Book Club Monday, September 20 to discuss his latest book, The World is Made of Stories. If you are planning on joining the conversation (or aren't sure yet and need some convincing), you will enjoy listening to a Q&A about the book between Loy and Tricycle's Joan Duncan Oliver. During the interview Loy explains the big subject of his little book: what constitutes a story and why it matters. He also reads an excerpt from the The World is Made of Stories. More »