Year: 2011

Sister Joan Kirby

Sister Joan Kirby is the Temple of Understanding’s representative to the United Nations and a member of the Sacred Heart Order. www.templeofunderstanding.org Kirby

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Ralph Abraham

Ralph Abraham has been Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Santa Cruz since 1968, and has held teaching posts at Berkeley, Columbia, Princeton, and many visiting positions in Europe and Asia. He is the author of more than 20 texts, with eight books currently in print.  He has been a consultant on…

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Victor Mansfield

Victor Mansfield (1941-2008) was Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Colgate University and a student of Tibetan Buddhism. He published widely in physics, astronomy, and several interdisciplinary fields, studied and practiced with teachers in the USA, Europe, and India, and lectured widely in the USA and Europe. In 2008, Professor Mansfield published Tibetan Buddhism and Modern Science,…

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Recent Readings

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan A collection of 5 short reviews of significant works, including Elemental Philosophy: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water as Environmental Ideas by David Macauley, The Crucifixion and the Qur’an: A Study in the History of Muslim Thought by Todd Lawson, Morals and Mysticism in Persian Sufism: A history of Sufi-futuwwat in Iran by…

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Jeremy Lehrer

Jeremy Lehrer is a freelance writer and editor working in the arenas of magazines, books, and the web. He writes Print magazine’s “Best Practices” column, focused on helping graphic designers understand sustainability, and he also contributes to Living Principles, a site devoted to spreading the sustainable design ethos. He has edited books including the illustrated…

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Henry Corbin

Henry Corbin (1903-1978) was a scholar, philosopher and theologian. He was a champion of the transformative power of the Imagination and of the transcendent reality of the individual in a world threatened by totalitarianisms of all kinds. One of the 20th century’s most prolific scholars of Islamic mysticism, Corbin was Professor of Islam & Islamic…

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Patrick Levy

Patrick Levy is the author of Sadhus: Going Beyond the Dreadlocks. http://site.patricklevy.free.fr/ Levy

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Gone to Earth and Sufism

Pir Zia Inayat-Khan In her richly imagined biography of Mary Webb, Gladys Mary Coles notes the similarity of Webb’s mystical love to that of the Sufi poets. To compare Webb’s rapturous animism with the God-centered esotericism of the Sufi tradition might at first seem incongruous, but I think that Dr. Coles’ perception of a resemblance…

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William C. Chittick

William C. Chittick, Ph.D. is professor of Religious Studies in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at the State University of New York, Stony Brook. He has lectured around the world and published 30 books and numerous articles on Islamic intellectual history, concentrating on the interface between Sufism and philosophy. His books include…

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