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.
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