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Huston Smith : essays on world religion

Author: Huston Smith; M Darrol Bryant
Publisher: New York : Paragon House, 1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"Huston Smith is revered in the world's spiritual community as an ecumenical sage of the twentieth century. From considerations of individual identity to reflections on humanity's broadest religious and philosophical venturings, he has bravely explored the deep connections among world spiritual traditions for over thirty years." "The nineteen essays collected in Huston Smith: Essays on World Religions span the  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Huston Smith; M Darrol Bryant
ISBN: 1557784477 9781557784476
OCLC Number: 24318154
Description: xxx, 290 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Accents of the world's philosophies --
Accents of the world's religions --
Truth in comparative perspective --
Transcendence in traditional China --
Tao now : an ecological testament --
A note on Shinto --
Spiritual discipline in Zen and comparative perspective --
"Celestial mirages" : reflections on thought and truth --
India and the infinite --
Vedic religion and the Soma experience --
The importance of the Buddha --
Tibetan chant : inducing the spirit --
The western way : an essay on reason and the given --
The conceptual crisis in the modern west --
Western philosophy as a great religion --
The relevance of the great religions for the modern world --
Another world to live in, or how I teach the introductory course --
This ecumenical moment : what are we seeking? --
Postmodernism's impact on the study of religion.
Responsibility: edited by M. Darrol Bryant.
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"Huston Smith is revered in the world's spiritual community as an ecumenical sage of the twentieth century. From considerations of individual identity to reflections on humanity's broadest religious and philosophical venturings, he has bravely explored the deep connections among world spiritual traditions for over thirty years." "The nineteen essays collected in Huston Smith: Essays on World Religions span the career and chart the intellectual journey of this groundbreaking thinker. Originally published in journals of very small circulation, this work has never been available to general readers before. Smith writes with erudition and a warm personal style on such varied phenomena as the psychedelic experience of soma and the vedic religion, the supernatural as it appears to the Chinese intelligentsia, spiritual discipline in Zen training, the simultaneous octave sung by a single Tibetan monk, and the West's obsession with a dichotomy between God and man. This collection provides an intimate glimpse into the development of an extraordinary mind." "The guiding motive of Huston Smith's life and work has been to tenaciously bridge the gap between diverse cultural realities and a single transcendent reality. In this collection's new and engaging foreword, he discusses this approach to a truly global perspective on the spiritual life of humankind. Editor M. Darrol Bryant illuminates the backgrounds of Smith's life and thought in an insightful introduction."--Jacket.

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An excellent panoramic view. Seyyed Hossein Nasr, George Washington University Eclectic and rich in scope...All the essays are tightly argued and beautifully written; a few are sure to be Read more...

 
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