The fine Buddhablog “Full Contact Enlightenment” has just published a new review of David R. Loy and Linda Goodhew’s book, The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons. An excerpt:
“Loy and Goodhew examine concepts such as interdependence, renunciation, working with others, Boddhisattvic activity, karma, morality, right view, the suffering of change, the Middle Way, dualistic thinking, ecoBuddhism, letting go, life and death, selflessness, suffering, craving and our notions of reality among other topics.
“The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons delves into magical worlds created by these artists [Philip Pullman, Ursula K. Leguin, Tolkien, Michael Ende, Hayao Miyazaki] and provides a successful entertaining demonstration of how a segment of popular literature can be examined through a Buddhist lens. I appreciate the character analysis throughout this book and enjoy how various Buddhist masters are cited in the development of the authors thesis for each chapter.
“The integration of Buddhism and Western culture is a hot topic these days and this book demonstrates how this can be successfully done by drawing on works from throughout the ages and not just those from the present day. It’s best for us not to throw the Buddha out with the bathwater in the blending of age-old dharma into that which is now hitting the bookshelves. I congratulate the authors in remaining true to the old-school works while exposing us nerds to a different way of looking at some of our favourite sci-fi/fantasy works.”