The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons: Buddhist Themes in Modern Fantasy

The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons Buddhist Themes in Modern Fantasy This pioneering work of Buddhist literary analysis offers ways of reading modern fantasy genre fiction that illuminate both the stories themselves and the universal qualities of Buddhist teachings

  • Title: The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons: Buddhist Themes in Modern Fantasy
  • Author: David R. Loy Linda Goodhew Jane Hirshfield
  • ISBN: 9780861714766
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Paperback
  • This pioneering work of Buddhist literary analysis offers ways of reading modern fantasy genre fiction that illuminate both the stories themselves, and the universal qualities of Buddhist teachings.

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    1. Loy needs to be thanked for pointing out an essential truth. If Buddhist thought is to permiate beyond the purely intellectual in Western society, it needs stories. Loy seeks Buddhist themes in the works of modern fantasy writers JRR Tolkien, Ursula Le Guin, Michael Ende, Philip Pullman and the animations of Hayao Miyazaki. Spoilers are abound so reading the referenced works first may be advisable, yet his analysis provides a valuble reminder that myth, although often overlooked, is an utterly i [...]

    2. The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons: Buddhist Themes in Modern Fantasy is a compilation of research examining the presence of Buddhist themes in popular books and movies. Traditionally, the main method of presenting mythology and legend was the oral tradition. Whether these stories were completely true, partially true, or completely fiction was not important to the purpose of the story as the aim of these tales was to reinforce particular culture specific themes, dichotomies, or expected behaviour [...]

    3. There's a lot to absorb here. But it encouraged me to read Momo which I had never done. Excellent analysis and comparisons for study purposes.

    4. I came across this book in the library and I couldn't help taking it along — it has Lord of the Rings, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds, Princess Mononoke, His Dark Materials and Earthsea as its main topics and the Buddhist elements that can be found in them. Curious book and not completely unconvincing.

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