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Frithjof Schuon: Life and Teachings

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A comprehensive introduction to the life and work of the preeminent expositor of perennial philosophy.
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Overview

A comprehensive introduction to the life and work of the preeminent expositor of perennial philosophy.
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Jean-Baptiste Aymard is an independent scholar and writer and has edited Frithjof Schuon: Connaissance des Religions.

Patrick Laude is Professor of French at Georgetown University and author of The Way of Poetry: Essays on Poetics and Contemplative Transformation.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Seyyed Hossein Nasr

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. A Biographical Approach

2. A Spiritual Portrait

3. Esoterism and Tradition

4. Metaphysical and Spiritual Aesthetics

Conclusion

Appendix 1: Frithjof Schuon: General Considerations on Spiritual Functions

Appendix 2: Frithjof Schuon: Christian Gnosis

Notes

Bibliography of Works by Frithjof Schuon

Index

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2004

    Ground-Breaking Work

    This is a ground-breaking biography of Schuon and it includes a detailed history of the important events which shaped his life, many of which have been previously unavailable to the public. Drawing from a wealth of unpublished letters, private texts for close friends, as well as copious quotations from his published work of more than 20 books, this meticulously researched volume combines a biographical dimension with two comprehensive and penetrating essays which explore in depth virtually every key theme in the Schuonian opus. Given recent publications on the traditionalist school, this work is especially useful in terms of distinguishing and clarifying Schuon's relationship with Guenon, Sufism, and the Native American Sun Dance religion. Additionally, it sheds much light on the distinction between esoterism and tradition, religio perennis and syncretism, and the role of beauty and celestial femininity which were highly significant aspects of Schuon's perspective. Given the access Aymard and Laude had to previously unavailable oral and written sources, as well as their masterful knowledge of Schuon's published works, this book -- alongside James S. Cutsinger's 'Advice to the Serious Seeker: Meditations on the Teachings of Frithjof Schuon' -- must now become required and primary reading for all scholars and spiritual seekers who wish to understand the complex unity of Schuon's thought.

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