Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Huston Smith: Tales of Wonder

"One of our foremost scholars and interpreters of the world’s religions…. What he has learned, he has applied to life."—Bill Moyers

Huston Smith, the man who brought the world's religions to the West, was born almost a century ago to missionary parents in China. 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.

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. His classic The World's Religions introduced generations of students to religious traditions from around the world.

In his autobiography Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, he invites you and your students to come along on his remarkable journey.


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