Advice to the Serious Seeker: Meditations on the Teaching of Frithjof Schuon

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Two books in one, Advice to the Serious Seeker is an introduction for scholars to the perennialist school of comparative religious philosophy and at the same time a guidebook for the general reader who is looking for intellectually serious but accessible answers to questions about the spiritual life. Scholars will find a comprehensive introduction to the work of Frithjof Schuon, the leading contemporary figure in the perennialist or traditionalist school of comparative religion. Written by James S. Cutsinger, one of the world's foremost academic authorities on the perennial philosophy, the book provides a detailed commentary on the full range of Schuon's spiritual writings. But the book is also intended for inquisitive and searching readers in general. Composed in a style that is simple and conversational, it reads as an open letter to the author's students. The aim is to cut through the banality of much that passes for spiritual instruction today and to provide intellectually serious but accessible answers to questions typically posed by cynics and skeptics, conservative believers, and persons attracted to the so-called "new age" religions.
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Introduces the main tenets of the perennialist school of comparative religious philosophy through the teachings of its main contemporary expositor. Primarily defends it against charges by scholars of religion that it is too dogmatic and insistent on the importance of traditional religious frameworks, and by conservative Christians that it does not recognize the exclusive claims of Christ. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Landmarks on the Road Ahead 1
Truth
1 The Way of Knowledge 11
2 Thinking the Unthinkable 17
3 Proofs of God 21
4 The Intellect 27
5 Degrees of Reality 33
6 The Doctrine of Illusion 41
7 The Open Door 47
Virtue
8 Conforming to God 55
9 Perfection and Anonymity 61
10 Humility 67
11 Charity 73
12 Veracity 81
13 Predestination and Freedom 89
Beauty
14 A Space before God 99
15 The World as Symbol 105
16 The Message of the Human Body 113
17 Sacred Art 123
18 The Practice of Beauty 131
Prayer
19 Movement toward God 141
20 Faith 147
21 Method and Grace 153
22 Concentration through Intention 161
23 Invocation of the Name 169
24 Spiritual Direction 177
25 Our Final Goal 185
Epilogue: Perennial Philosophy and Transcendent Unity 193
Sources of Quotations 203
Bibliography of Works by Frithjof Schuon 217
Suggested Reading 219
Index 221
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