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The religions of man by Huston Smith( Book )

62 editions published between 1956 and 2012 in English and Indonesian and held by 2,581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here is a unique study of all the world's great religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism and Christianity. This book is neither a history or a critique. Instead it explains, simply and sympathetically, the basic tenants of each religion and the reasons why it attracts millions of devout followers. ... The Religions of Man is a thoroughly researched, informative, fascinating presentation of both the differences and the similarities in the major religious traditions. It is essential reading for anyone who would understand peoples of other lands, other cultures, other religions."--Page 4 of cover
The world's religions : our great wisdom traditions by Huston Smith( Book )

8 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,839 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With a new preface, this completely revised and updated version of The Religions of Man explores the essential elements and teachings of the world's predominant faiths, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, and the native traditions of the Americas, Australia, Africa, and Oceania. The author emphasizes the inner, rather than institutional, dimensions of these religions and gives special attention to Zen, Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, and the teachings of Jesus. He conveys the unique appeal and gifts of each of the traditions and reveals their hold on the human heart and imagination
Why religion matters : the fate of the human spirit in an age of disbelief by Huston Smith( Book )

19 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author shares his insights into the future role of religion in human affairs as he explores the challenges confronting the human spirit in the modern world
Forgotten truth : the primordial tradition by Huston Smith( Book )

27 editions published between 1967 and 2003 in 4 languages and held by 1,322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Buddhism : a concise introduction by Huston Smith( Book )

14 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 1,132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Smith and Novak cover the essential teachings, practices, and historical development of Buddhism in all its rich variety. Beginning with the life and legend of the Buddha, Buddhism explores core Buddhist doctrines such as the Four Noble Truths, the Eightfold Path, nirvana, and emptiness. The authors go on to discuss the split between Theravada and Mahayana Buddhism, the continued divisions of Mahayana into Pure Land, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhism, and the confluence of Hinduism and Buddhism in India. The second half of the book follows the global migration of Buddhism and its continuing diversification and development in the West, especially in America
Beyond the post-modern mind by Huston Smith( Book )

31 editions published between 1982 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 973 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Beyond the Post-Modern Mind, Houston Smith challenges the premises of our current Western ethos as a whole and points beyond to a new synthesis. Echoing the opening words of Dante's Divine Comedy, Professor Smith views our present age "as a dark wood, where the right road [is] wholly lost and gone." Less poetically, he would agree with John Dewey that the reigning characteristic of modernity is "despair of an integrated outlook," or with The Chronicles of Higher Education that it is "loss of faith in transcendence."
Zen mind, beginner's mind by Shunryū Suzuki( Book )

22 editions published between 1970 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 925 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zen mind is one of those enigmatic phrases used by Zen teachers to throw you back upon yourself, to make you go behind the words themselves and begin wondering. "Is it what I am doing now? Is it what I am thinking now?" The innocence of this first inquiry--just asking what you are--is beginner's mind. The mind of the beginner is needed throughout Zen practice. It is the open mind, the attitude that includes both doubt and possibility, the ability to see things always as fresh and new. It is needed in all aspects of life. This book originated from a series of talks given by Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki to a small group is California. His approach is informal, and he draws his examples from ordinary events and common sense.--From publisher description
The soul of Christianity : restoring the great tradition by Huston Smith( Book )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author outlines the essential teachings of Christianity as well as his own beliefs, citing the differences between liberal and fundamentalist practices while arguing for a return to a more traditional Christian belief system
A seat at the table : Huston Smith in conversation with native Americans on religious freedom by Huston Smith( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this collection of illuminating conversations, renowned historian of world religions Huston Smith invites ten influential American Indian spiritual and political leaders to talk about their five-hundred-year struggle for religious freedom. Their intimate, impassioned dialogues yield profound insights into one of the most striking cases of tragic irony in history: the country that prides itself on religious freedom has resolutely denied those same rights to its own indigenous people. With remarkable erudition and curiosity--and respectfully framing his questions in light of the revelation that his discovery of Native American religion helped him round out his views of the world's religions--Smith skillfully helps reveal the depth of the speakers' knowledge and experience. American Indian leaders Vine Deloria, Jr. (Lakota), Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe), Walter Echo-Hawk (Pawnee), Frank Dayish, Jr. (Navajo), Charlotte Black Elk (Lakota), Douglas George-Kanentiio (Mohawk), Lenny Foster (Dine), Tonya Gonnella Frichner (Onondaga), Anthony Guy Lopez (Lakota), and Oren Lyons (Onondaga) provide an impressive overview of the critical issues facing the Native American community today. Their ideas about spirituality, politics, relations with the U.S. government, their place in American society, and the continuing vitality of their communities give voice to a population that is all too often ignored in contemporary discourse. The culture they describe is not a relic of the past, nor a historical curiosity, but a living tradition that continues to shape Native American lives
The wisdom of faith( Visual )

19 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 786 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Huston Smith relates his experiences with the world's greatest religions and attempts to show how all of these "wisdom traditions" share fundamental truths
Huston Smith : essays on world religion by Huston Smith( Book )

3 editions published between 1992 and 1995 in English and held by 731 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Huston Smith is revered in the world's spiritual community as an ecumenical sage of the twentieth century. From considerations of individual identity to reflections on humanity's broadest religious and philosophical venturings, he has bravely explored the deep connections among world spiritual traditions for over thirty years." "The nineteen essays collected in Huston Smith: Essays on World Religions span the career and chart the intellectual journey of this groundbreaking thinker. Originally published in journals of very small circulation, this work has never been available to general readers before. Smith writes with erudition and a warm personal style on such varied phenomena as the psychedelic experience of soma and the vedic religion, the supernatural as it appears to the Chinese intelligentsia, spiritual discipline in Zen training, the simultaneous octave sung by a single Tibetan monk, and the West's obsession with a dichotomy between God and man. This collection provides an intimate glimpse into the development of an extraordinary mind." "The guiding motive of Huston Smith's life and work has been to tenaciously bridge the gap between diverse cultural realities and a single transcendent reality. In this collection's new and engaging foreword, he discusses this approach to a truly global perspective on the spiritual life of humankind. Editor M. Darrol Bryant illuminates the backgrounds of Smith's life and thought in an insightful introduction."--Jacket
The purposes of higher education by Huston Smith( Book )

12 editions published between 1955 and 1971 in English and Undetermined and held by 693 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The search for America by Huston Smith( Book )

9 editions published between 1959 and 1965 in English and held by 665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cleansing the doors of perception : the religious significance of entheogenic plants and chemicals by Huston Smith( Book )

5 editions published between 2000 and 2003 in English and held by 501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers a reconsideration of the potential of mind-expanding compounds from a religious point of view
Condemned to meaning by Huston Smith( Book )

2 editions published in 1965 in English and held by 445 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hinduism and Buddhism( Visual )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program explores the two great religions to come from India. Huston Smith uncovers the mysteries of multiphonic chanting among Tibetan lamas and meditates 8 hours a day with a Zen master
The heart of learning : spirituality in education( Book )

3 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 406 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explorations on "how the everyday act of learning can enrich the soul."--Cover
One nation under God : the triumph of the Native American church( Book )

4 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a history of the Native American Church and discusses its leadership, religious beliefs and practices, and the long-accepted sacrament of Peyote
The Huston Smith reader by Huston Smith( Book )

8 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Islam( Visual )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2008 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bill Moyers and Huston Smith discuss misconceptions of Islam. Discovering Islam as an adult, Smith became enamored with Islamic conceptions of order, justice, mercy, and compassion. Through their trance-inducing dances, the mystics, the Sufis, bring God into the immediate moment
 
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The world's religions : our great wisdom traditions
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Huston Smith Chinees filosoof

Huston Smith Religious studies scholar

Ismīt, Hūstūn

Ismit, Hustun 1919-

Smith, Huston 1919-

Smith, Huston Cummings

スミス, ヒューストン

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Why religion matters : the fate of the human spirit in an age of disbeliefForgotten truth : the primordial traditionBuddhism : a concise introductionBeyond the post-modern mindZen mind, beginner's mindThe soul of Christianity : restoring the great traditionA seat at the table : Huston Smith in conversation with native Americans on religious freedomHuston Smith : essays on world religion