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and Substance in the World's Religions, by Frithjof
At the level of ideas, Schuon is an unsurpassable expositor of first
principles. One of the reasons he is so widely acclaimed is his fluency
in so many "languages of the Spirit." Seminal chapters such as
"Atma-Maya," plus gems from the traditional worlds of
Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam, lay to rest any doubt that
the Sacred has not only the first but the final word.
Hossein Nasr, Knowledge
and the Sacred.
Nasr, in a series of ten
lectures, argues that, unlike in the West, where scientific thought has
been secularized, in the East, knowledge and religious experience have
remained unified. Drawing from Buddhist, Hindu, Judaic, Christian, and
Islamic traditions, he finds in each the idea of perennial wisdom as a
philosophical basis for such unity.
(Thomas Taylor translator)Metamorphosis
or Golden Ass of Apuleius. Thomas Taylor s books are highly sought after because of
his remarkable ability to translate seeming obscure texts into
understandable gems of light. Apuleius, the celebrated author of the
following works, is undoubtedly the greatest of the ancient Latin
A Classic of Shin Buddhism by Kenryo Kanamatsu
hin, or Pure Land, is the flower of Japanese Buddhism. Although it is
less well known in the West than Zen, Vipassana or Tibetan Buddhism, its
message of holy freedom, or naturalness, which arises when man conforms
with sincere attachment to the Eternal saving will of the Buddha has
been an illuminating way of spiritual awakening for multitudes of
Japanese people since the sixth century when Buddhism came to Japan.
for a Spiritual Traveler: Selected Poems of Frithjof Schuon
The poetry of Frithjof Schuon has been called
metaphysical music. Every poem in this German/English bilingual
collection--drawn from more than three thousand poems written during the
closing years of his life--is a true compass pointing the reader time
and again to Schuon's fundamental theme: the remembrance of God. These
small gems are as profound as the sea and as simple as water itself.
Taylor (translator), The
Hynms of Orpheus. A photographic facsimile of the 1792
edition, published in London, this includes a preliminary dissertation
on "The Life and Theology of Orpheus, " "The Initiations
of Orpheus" which were the invocations used in the Eleusinian
Mysteries, and "Concerning the Beautiful" by Plotinus. These
comprise a compendium of the teachings of Orpheus, a missionary of
civilization and one whose teachings are nearly indistinguishable from
the foundation of the Pythagorean philosophy.
Urs Von Balthazar, Presence
and Thought: Essay on the Religious Philosophy of
Gregory of Nyssa. Everything Balthasar says about beauty as a key to
theology and spirituality, for example, can be found in the writings of
St. Gregory of Nyssa, the patristic apostle of beauty as a Divine
attribute and gift. This book is a must for both those interested in St.
Gregory and for those looking for an insight into von Balthasar. -
Taylor (translator) Select
Work of Plotinus.
Contents: On the virtues; On Dialectic; On Matter; Against the Gnostics;
On the Impassivity of Incorporeal Natures; On Eternity and Time; On the
Immortality of the Soul; On the Three Hypostases that rank as the
Principles of Things; On Intellect, Ideas, and Real Being; On the
Essence of the Soul; A discussion of Doubts relative to the Soul; On the
Generation and Order of Things after the First; On Gnostic Hypostases,
and That which is beyond Them; That the Nature which is beyond Being is
not Intellective, etc.; On the Good, or the One.
Taylor (tranlator), Proclus
the Neoplatonic Philosopher. The Former Consisting of Ten Doubts Concerning
Providence, and a Solution of those Doubts; and the Latter Containing a
Development of the Nature of Evil.
the Confessor: Selected Writings,(translated by George Berthold)
Athe best single volume to give to someone new to St. Maximus. St.
Maximus' greatness lies in the fact that he was not only a
brilliant theologian, but an equally accomplished philosopher, as
well as a great ascetic and spiritual master of the Eastern
Orthodox monastic and hesychastic tradition. He can put more into
a single sentence or paragraph than most philosophers or
theologians put into whole chapters, or even books. - Vincent
Setting in Life for the Arbiter of John Philoponus: 6th
Century Alexandrian Scientist. I remember when I first began to understand some of the
thought that I found in the theological work of Philoponus. I was
overwhelmed with the reality that we can lose vital concepts for the
development of our thought, that we must learn from the past in real
ways if we are going to discuss the future of the race upon the planet.
- The Author
Andrew Louth, Maximus
the Confessor. St. Maximus the Confessor, the greatest
of Byzantine theologians, lived through the most catastrophic
period the Byzantine Empire was to experience before the Crusades.
This book introduces the reader to the times and upheavals during
which Maximus lived. "Andrew Louth has certainly given to his
readership a most valuable introduction not only to the 'thinking'
but also the 'thought' of the Confessor. His challenging
observations provide a stimulus and an agenda for us all." -