The Huston Smith Reader

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University of California Press, Mar 26, 2012 - Religion - 256 pages
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“I read Huston Smith’s The World’s Religions as a teenager. It was the most influential event in my life. He has shaped my thinking, my lifelong quest, and guided me to where I am today. The Huston Smith Reader will enlighten you, delight you, and expand your awareness. I intend to carry this book with me wherever I go.”—Deepak Chopra, author of War of the Worldviews

“Huston Smith approaches religion with the wisdom of a philosopher and the wonder of a child. He looks for similarities that unite, not differences that divide. He comes armed with knowledge and blessed with understanding."—Don Lattin, author of The Harvard Psychedelic Club

"This remarkable book by the beloved scholar-practitioner Huston Smith has the depth and breadth of no other. It is wise and full of insight, at times funny, at times poignant. Manifesting both lived and living wisdom, the book's power, beauty, and courage will take the reader into the heart of the world's religions."—Joan Halifax, Founding Abbot, Upaya Zen Center

“No one in our time, neither Martin Buber nor Elie Wiesel, neither Karen Armstrong nor Simone Weil, has made a greater contribution to our understanding of religion and spirituality than Huston Smith. We are privileged to live in his era, not only for his books and films, but for his emphasis on gleaning the wisdom from ancient traditions, and the example he has afforded the rest of us in practicing what he preaches, thus illuminating for us what it means to have a lived-in philosophy of the religious life. In turn, this book affords us the widest and most penetrating range of insights yet published into the mind and heart of this great teacher.”—Phil Cousineau, editor of The Way Things Are: Huston Smith on the Spiritual Life and author of The Art of Pilgrimage

"Huston Smith's words serve me well in traversing my spiritual path."—Ram Dass, author of Be Here Now

 

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Contents

The Way Things are
13
two Kinds of teaching
31
The Sacred Dimensions of Everyday life
40
light
53
Empirical Metaphysics
68
My Three other Religions
77
Explaining Fundamentalism
96
on native american Religion
104
Book Four The Big Picture
149
on opening the Eye of the Heart
151
Do Drugs Have Religious import?
162
The levels of Reality
172
The levels of Selfhood
186
Western Philosophy as a Great Religion
205
Book Five Return to the Personal
219
Encountering God
221

Three Ways of Relating to the World Three Geographies Three Religious traditions
112
a Japanese Sense of the Sacred
125
The Spiritual Heritage of india
127
The importance of the Buddha
131
tibetan Chanting
135
The Relevance of the Great Religions for the Modern World
140
Reflections upon turning ninety
223
The Sacred Unconscious
229
The Man Who Took Religion Seriously Huston Smith in Context Dana Sawyer
237
Works by Huston Smith
247
Credits
255
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Huston Smith is regarded as one of the most prominent authorities on religions of the world. His classic text, The World's Religions, has seen multiple editions and has sold in excess of three million copies. He has been the subject of a Bill Moyers' PBS series called ?The Wisdom of Faith” and is the author of numerous books, including Why Religion Matters: The Fate of the Human Spirit in an Age of Disbelief, The Way Things Are: Conversations with Huston Smith on the Spiritual Life, and The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition. Jeffery Paine is the author of Father India, Re-enchantment: Tibetan Buddhism Comes to the West, and Adventures with the Buddha.

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