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For more than sixty years, Huston Smith has not only written and taught about the world’s religions, he has lived them. This Reader presents a rich selection of Smith’s writings, covering six decades of inquiry and exploration, and ranging from scholarship to memoir. Over his long academic career, Smith’s tireless enthusiasm for religious ideas has offered readers both in and outside the academy a fresh understanding of what religion is and what makes it meaningful. The Huston Smith Reader offers a comprehensive ...
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Overview

For more than sixty years, Huston Smith has not only written and taught about the world’s religions, he has lived them. This Reader presents a rich selection of Smith’s writings, covering six decades of inquiry and exploration, and ranging from scholarship to memoir. Over his long academic career, Smith’s tireless enthusiasm for religious ideas has offered readers both in and outside the academy a fresh understanding of what religion is and what makes it meaningful. The Huston Smith Reader offers a comprehensive guide to understanding religion and spirituality as well as a memorable record of Huston Smith’s lifelong endeavor to enrich the inner lives of his fellow humans.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520952355
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 3/26/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 867,624
  • File size: 470 KB

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Preview: The Book Now in Your Hands
Introduction: Grand Tour of All the World

Welcome to the Reader
Huston Smith

Book One: A Personal Starting Point
1. No Wasted Journey
2. The Way Things Are

Book Two: The Sacred Dimension of Everyday Life
3. Two Kinds of Teaching
4. The Sacred Dimension of Everyday Life
5. Light
6. The Revolution in Western Thought
7. Empirical Metaphysics

Book Three: I Never Met a Religion I Didn’t Like
8. My Three Other Religions
9. Explaining Fundamentalism
10. What They Have That We Lack: On Native American Religion
11. Three Ways of Relating to the World. Three Geographies. Three Religious Traditions
12. Shinto: A Japanese Sense of the Sacred
13. The Spiritual Heritage of India
14. The Importance of the Buddha
15. Tibetan Chanting
16. The Relevance of the Great Religions for the Modern World

Book Four: The Big Picture
17. Educating the Intellect: On Opening the Eye of the Heart
18. Do Drugs Have Religious Import?
19. The Levels of Reality
20. The Levels of Selfhood
21. Western Philosophy as a Great Religion

Book Five: Return to the Personal
22. Encountering God
23. Reflections upon Turning Ninety

Conclusion: The Sacred Unconscious

Afterword: The Man Who Took Religion Seriously: Huston Smith in Context
Dana Sawyer

Works by Huston Smith
Credits
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