This is a new episode in our monthly podcast series, Upaya Conversations, a collaboration with Upaya Zen Center.

David Loy, PhD, was the Besl Family Chair of Ethics/Religion and Society at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH from 2006 to 2011.  Before that he served as professor of philosophy at Bunkyo University in Chigasaki, Japan from 1991 through 2005. In 1971 he began practicing Zen with Robert Aitken Roshi in Hawaii and is an authorized teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan lineage of Zen Buddhism, where he completed formal koan training under Zen Master Yamada Koun Roshi.

Dr. Loy’s books include, among others: “Nonduality: A study in Comparative Philosophy”, “Lack and Transcendence: The Problem of Death and Life in Psychotherapy”, “Existentialism, and Buddhism”, “Money Sex War Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution”, “The World Is Made of Stories”.

David Loy speaks with Joanna about the addictive behavior and the sense of a separate self; deconstructing the sense of lack; Japanese and American cultures; changing and cross-pollinating stories; love and Dharma; a wake-up call from the Earth.


”I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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