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And Live Rejoicing

Chapters from a Charmed Life - Personal Encounters with Spiritual Mavericks, Remarkable Seekers, and the World's Great Religious Leaders
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Paperback Book
New World Library
September, 2012
$18.50 CAD
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Spiritual trailblazer Huston Smith has written comprehensive books about religion (The World’s Religions) and a memoir of his own life (Tales of Wonder), but nowhere has he merged the two elements of seeking and experience with such storytelling flair as he has in these pages. Few have done as much as Huston Smith to explore and illuminate the world’s religions and spiritual traditions, and none have done it with such accessibility, wonder, and delight. In this joyous volume, he looks back on his extraordinary life, describing riveting scenes with unforgettable characters in India, Africa, Tibet, and Japan. Smith’s charm and exuberance come through on every page.

Blindness is an affliction. And as we all want to move from where we are not comfortable to an easy chair, so to speak, we want the scales to be removed from our eyes so we can see again, and philosophy is the way we learn how to see the world more clearly... Philosophy is a healing art.

In his introduction, Phil Cousineau quotes Rumi (“Whoever travels without a guide, needs two hundred years for a two-day journey.”), saying “I trust you will find some guidance here from a trustworthy guide about how to forget your own well-lived and rejoicing life.”

There are two and only two virtues that are categorical in the sense that they do not have to be qualified to be true: they are gratitude and empathy, the latter being the capacity to work one’s way into the feelings of others and to feel them as if they were one’s own...

I find it interesting to speculate what the world would be like if empathy were the warp and woof of human relationships. It seems possible to me that we would then be close—or at least closer—to realizing the Kingdom of God in Earth.

“Sometimes Huston becomes as spontaneous and radiant as the ineffable beauty he talks about... A clean wind of truth blows through his presence. He always makes me feel more alive! He knows, and lives, and loves whereof he speaks.” —Coleman Barks, author of Rumi: The Big Red Book

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