The Teaching Story by Idries Shah. Read by David Wade
Learning from Stories – Idries Shah lecture given at the Institute for the Study of Human Knowledge, USA.
Shah’s writings include an enormous range of teaching stories – tales that Sufis have used from time immemorial to help people think more flexibly. He likened the teaching story to a peach, the flesh offering something soft and delicious, with the kernel inside the stone representing hidden depth.
'The "inner dimensions" of teaching stories...are held to make them capable of revealing, according to the stage of development of the student, more and more planes of significance. It is the theory that "one may work on different layers of the same material" which is unfamiliar to many people, who tend to prefer being told that a story has one message or one use only.' The Way of the Sufi
From the Archives
Idries Shah’s BBC documentary on human thought, first aired in 1970.
From the Press
'Idries Shah, Sufism and the Literary World' - La Vanguardia
'50 Years After Idries Shah’s The Sufis’ - Guardian
'Sufism: A Natural Antidote to Fanaticism’ - Royal Society for Asian Affairs
'A Beacon of Sanity in Our Age of Polarity: On Contemporary Sufism and the Works of Idries Shah’ - Los Angeles Review of Books
'On Maple Syrup and My Interest in the Sufi Writing of Idries Shah’ - Jay Einhorn, Ph.D, LCPC, Clinical Psychologist