And Live Rejoicing: Chapters from a Charmed Life — Personal Encounters with Spiritual Mavericks, Remarkable Seekers, and the World's Great Religious Leaders

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Spiritual trailblazer Huston Smith has written comprehensive books about religion and a memoir of his own life, but nowhere has he merged the two elements of seeking and experience with such storytelling flair as he has in these pages. Few have done as much as Smith to explore and illuminate the world's religions and spiritual traditions, and none have done it with such accessibility, wonder, and delight. In this joyous volume, he looks back on his extraordinary life, describing riveting scenes with unforgettable...

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Overview

Spiritual trailblazer Huston Smith has written comprehensive books about religion and a memoir of his own life, but nowhere has he merged the two elements of seeking and experience with such storytelling flair as he has in these pages. Few have done as much as Smith to explore and illuminate the world's religions and spiritual traditions, and none have done it with such accessibility, wonder, and delight. In this joyous volume, he looks back on his extraordinary life, describing riveting scenes with unforgettable characters in India, Africa, Tibet, and Japan. Smith's charm and exuberance come through on every page.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608680719
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 9/4/2012
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 599,947
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Huston Smith is recognized and revered as the preeminent teacher of world religions and a prolific author. He was the focus of the five-part television series The Wisdom of Faith hosted by Bill Moyers.

Phil Cousineau is an editor, filmmaker, creativity consultant, literary tour leader, and the author of numerous books, including The Art of Pilgrimage.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Oh, Happy Day xiii

Acknowledgments xxi

Introduction Phil Cousineau xxiii

Part I

Chapter 1 Saving the Moon and Other Memories of a Boyhood in China 3

Chapter 2 College Life in the Heartland 21

Chapter 3 Launching My Career 31

Chapter 4 Out of the Mouths of Babes 39

Chapter 5 Being Driven Temporarily Psychotic in Kyoto's, Temple of the Marvelous Mind 45

Chapter 6 Our Love Affair with the World 57

Chapter 7 A Globe-Circling Adventure 69

Chapter 8 Being Detained and Interrogated in the World's Largest Police Station 87

Chapter 9 Magic and Mystery on the Roof of the World 93

Chapter 10 Lions on the Serengeti Plain 107

Chapter 11 Be Ever at the Ready as You Ramble 113

Part II

Chapter 12 Improbables 121

Chapter 13 Primal Religions, Primal Passions 131

Chapter 14 Surprised by Existence 143

Chapter 15 What's It All About? 149

Part III

Chapter 16 Fame at My Elbow 157

Chapter 17 How Philosophy Heals 189

Epilogue: Famous Last Words 193

Notes 195

Index 199

About Huston Smith 209

About Phil Cousineau 211

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