Teaching Stories

Teaching stories is a term used by the writer Idries Shah to describe narratives that have been deliberately created as vehicles for the transmission of wisdom. Whilst it is a term that has been used in a number of religious and other traditions, Shah's use of it was in the context of Sufi teaching and learning, within which this body of material has been described as the "most valuable of the treasures in the human heritage". The range of teaching stories is enormous, including anecdotes, accounts of meetings between teachers and pupils, biographies, myths, fairy tales, fables and jokes. Such stories frequently have a long life beyond the initial teaching situation and (sometimes in deteriorated form) have contributed vastly to the world's store of folklore and literature.

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Some Examples of Teaching Stories
... from Sufi writers, to name a few Sanai, Attar, Rumi, Saadi, Amir Khusrow Stories from the Canterbury Tales such as The Franklin's Tale, The Pardoner's Tale and ...
Idries Shah - Teachings - Teaching Stories
... Further information Teaching stories Shah used teaching stories and humour to great effect in his work ... that Ornstein could be an ideal partner in propagating his teachings, translating them into the idiom of psychotherapy, Shah made him his deputy (khalifa) in the United States ... Philosopher of science and physicist Henri Bortoft used teaching tales from Shah's corpus as analogies of the habits of mind which prevented people from grasping the scientific method ...
Idries Shah - Reception - Assessment
... to be the reintroduction of an ancient teaching, suitable for this time and this place ... and change of consciousness who began his study of Sufi teaching stories in the early seventies, expressed the view that Western psychotherapists could benefit from the perspective ... Given that Shah's writings and translations of Sufi teaching stories were designed with that purpose in mind, he recommended them to those interested ...
Kobun Chino Otogawa - Teaching Stories
... Shortly after September 11, 2001, Kobun was the honored guest at the weekly meeting of the sangha which would become Everyday Dharma Zen Center ... After meditation, Kobun asked for questions ...

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