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.
Beautifully written, wonderful sharings of an incredible life. I am impressed that Mr.Smith could write so elegantly , with great sense of humour and humility: wisdom in the mist... Read morePublished 1 month ago by j'aimelire
an honest and open look at the human being's endless search for the divine with all it's rituals and dogmas. What a nice man.Published 2 months ago by Angela Sturdee
I enjoyed this book.
It’s also true that I was a little disappointed, as I’d assumed that it would be even better than its 2012 follow-up “And Live Rejoicing”. Read more
I first read Huston Smith's book on world religions some 20 years ago and was taken with his genuine appreciation of other religious beliefs and practices. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Turtle beach
Huston Smith is an amazing author and reveals the evolution of a seeker.Published 7 months ago by Marilyn
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 14 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 15 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 20 months ago by AnnBarbie