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New from World Wisdom "Treasures of Buddhism"
A New Translation with Selected Letters
by Frithjof Schuon
edited by Harry Oldmeadow
In his classic work on the subject, perennialist author Frithjof Schuon explores the vast and varied landscape that is Buddhism. Every reader interested in Buddhism from whatever angle will here find much that speaks to his or her condition. Schuon presents Buddhism not as an historical artifact of the past, but as a living spiritual force. In describing the essentials of Buddhism, he frequently makes use of comparisons with other traditions, including Western religious thought. The rich and diverse world of Buddhist art—from its statuary to the tea ceremony—is a subject treated with particular importance. A valuable section on Shinto, the indigenous Japanese tradition of the "way of the gods," concludes the book.
Pub. Date: September 2018
Page Count: 272 paperback
This Book Features
* A new translation from the original French
* Over 75 pages of new material, including previously unpublished selections from the author's letters and other private writings, extensive editor's notes, a glossary of foreign terms, and an index
About This Book
"Schuon is well respected as an authority on comparative religion and as a spokesperson for the philosophia perennis, a point of view that attempts to illuminate a metaphysical truth underlying all religions. This book, while centered on Buddhism, moves freely among Christian, Islamic, Hindu, and Chinese religious concepts and employs the vocabulary of the Western philosophical tradition. Following the chapters on Buddhism, there is a short section on Shinto. . . . Recommended for academic collections with an interest in comparative religion."
"[I]t gives a more powerful 'taste' of Buddhism than any other book by a Western author that I have read, while at the same time it never lets us forget what Buddhism has in common with other religions."
—The Royal Asiatic Society
"Frithjof Schuon's demanding and comprehensive essays, collected in Treasures of Buddhism, explore Buddhism's spiritual system and analyze its 'messages' of renunciation, mystery, peace, and mercy. Schuon patiently explicates the metaphysics of Buddhism by defining key terms and complex concepts and then comparing them with Western philosophy and the tenets of Judeo-Christian thought. The history of Buddhist teachings and the evolution of Buddhist beliefs are discussed, as is the link to Shintoism in Japan."
"In his quest to explain Buddhism in its multifaceted development the author draws numerous comparisons from other mainstreams of religious thought: Vedanta, Hinduism, Islamism, Judeo-Christianity, Taoism and Shinto, as well as amply expressing his own philosophical and spiritual outlook. Th ree whole chapters on Shinto are especially worthy of note. . . . [R]ecommended to all serious persons interested in Buddhism, as a unique contribution to its metaphysical definition."
—The Eastern Buddhist
"[E]very reader interested in Buddhism from whatever angle will here fi nd much that speaks to his condition."
—Marco Pallis, author of Peaks and Lamas, A Buddhist Spectrum, and The Way and the Mountain
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