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Huston Smith, the man who brought the world's religions to the West, was born almost a century ago to missionary parents in China during the perilous rise of the Communist Party. Smith's lifelong spiritual journey brought him face-to-face with many of the people who shaped the twentieth century. His extraordinary travels around the globe have taken him to the world's holiest places, where he has practiced religion with many of the great spiritual leaders of our time.
Smith's life is a story of uncanny synchronicity. He was there for pivotal moments in human history such as the founding of the United Nations and the student uprising at Tiananmen Square. As he traveled the world he encountered thinkers who shaped the twentieth century. He interviewed Eleanor Roosevelt on the radio; invited Martin Luther King Jr. to speak at an all-white university before the March on Washington; shared ideas with Thomas Merton on his last plane ride before Merton's death in Bangkok; and was rescued while lost in the Serengeti by Masai warriors who took him to the compound of world-renowned anthropologists Louis and Mary Leaky.
In search of intellectual and spiritual treasures, Smith traveled to India to meet with Mother Teresa and befriended the Dalai Lama; he studied Zen at the most challenging monastery in Japan; and he hitchhiked through the desert to meet Aldous Huxley, dropped acid with Timothy Leary, and took peyote with a Native American shaman. He climbed Mount Athos, traipsed through the Holy Land, and was the first to study multiphonic chanting by monks in Tibet, which he recorded with Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead. Most important, he shared the world's religions with the West—writing two bestselling books and serving as the focus of a five-part PBS television series by Bill Moyers.
Huston Smith is a national treasure. His life is an extraordinary adventure, and in his amazing Tales of Wonder, he invites you to come along to explore your own vistas of heart, mind, and soul.
This book is about a brilliant life, and well told.
Dr. Huston Smith is a world treasure who rightly deserves high praise as one of the world's foremost religious scholars, teachers and adepts.
I can't remember the last time I was so fascinated by a book that I read it at a single sitting: this is good!
And at 89 years old and in an assisted living residence. I have loved Huston Smith for years. this book was a gift. Thank you Mr. Smith!Published 5 months ago by David
This is a book where one meets a friend. A great teacher where one walks away empty handed where nothing matters and yet one knows everything, and it's allright as it is to live a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael
This was wonderfully readable, I couldn't put it down! It is an essential companion to his many books on various religions, as it explains much of his perspective and gives... Read morePublished 12 months ago by AnnBarbie
Smith has clear thought, very well expressed.
Fascinating story. The relationships and similarities of the world's great religions will be explored more thoroughly in the... Read more
Huston Smith is an extraordinary man - kind and balanced. A family man, with deep commitments and the wisdom that comes from living them, and an adventurer to India to Thomas... Read morePublished 12 months ago by N. Weisman
Huston Smith is one of my heroes and this book shows me why I have admired him so much over the years. He awakens my sense of curiosity and wonder. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Cec4545
Huston Smith has lived an amazing life so far and it's truely wonderful that he has shared these "tales of wonder" with us. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jennie Noeline
This is a couple hundred pages of Huston Smith's life story, told in his wonderful words. It's told in a way that feels as if the reader is having the opportunity of sitting with... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Ida-cow
The man behind The World's' Religions writes a spiritual autobiography filled with revealing tales of wonder with encounters with spiritual luminaries. Read morePublished 17 months ago by S. Epstein