David R. Loy and Linda Goodhew. The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons: Buddhist Themes in Modern Fantasy. Boston, Mass.: Wisdom Publications, 2004. Paperback, xi + 155 pages.
The best stories have a timeless quality, because the wisdom they contain is perennial. It is therefore neither surprising nor far-fetched that the authors should discover Buddhist principles—universal wisdom as manifesting through Buddhist forms—in some of the favorite fictional fantasies of our time: J. R. R. Tolkien’sThe Lord of the Rings, Michael Ende’s Momo, Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds and Princess Mononoke, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, and Urusula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea.
This book achieves two things: (1) to introduce the reader to the structural depth of the selected fantasy stories and (2) to illustrate Buddhist theory and practice on the example of these fictional narratives and their characters.
Beautifully written, this short work opens the door to a new way of introducing contemporary readers to Buddhist teachings.
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