World's Great Wisdom, The: Timeless Teachings from Religions and Philosophies

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Surveying spiritual and philosophical traditions, this volume revives the search for wisdom for modern times.

What is wisdom and how is it cultivated? These are among the most important questions we can ask, but questions that have been routinely ignored in modern times. In the twentieth century, the search for wisdom was replaced by a search for knowledge as science and technology promised answers to life’s ills. However, along with scientific achievements came disasters, particularly the devastation of the planet through the accelerating use of modern technology. In an era drenched in data, a desire for wisdom has been reborn. Where can we go to learn about wisdom? The answer is clear: to the world’s great religions and their accompanying philosophies and psychologies. The World’s Great Wisdom makes these treasuries available. Practitioners from each of the great religions—as well as from Western philosophy and contemporary research—provide summaries of their traditions’ understandings of wisdom, the means for cultivating it, and its implications for the modern world. This book offers distillations of the world’s accumulated wisdom—ancient and modern, religious and scientific, philosophical and psychological. It is a unique resource that for the first time in history brings together our collective understanding of wisdom and the ways to develop it.
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About the author

Roger Walsh, MD is Professor of Psychiatry, Philosophy, and Anthropology and Professor in the Religious Studies Program at the University of California at Irvine. He is the author of several books, including The World of Shamanism: New Views of an Ancient Tradition.
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Publisher
SUNY Press
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Published on
Jan 1, 2014
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Pages
266
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ISBN
9781438449593
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Language
English
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Genres
Philosophy / General
Philosophy / Religious
Religion / Comparative Religion
Religion / General
Religion / Philosophy
Self-Help / General
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Fascinating, comprehensive, and eminently readable, this guide explores shamanism—the world's most enduring healing and religious tradition—in the light of modern medicine, psychology, neuroscience, consciousness disciplines, and religious studies.

Praise:
"As if on cue, just when I am beginning to think that shamanism is the ground from which all religions spring, along comes this book. I cannot imagine a book that would be more helpful to me in thinking through this important subject."—Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions

"...Unquestionably the most rounded compact introduction to shamanism, particularly the inner world of shamans, available today. A door-opening book for students of consciousness and spirituality."—Georg Feuerstein, PhD, M.Litt, author of The Yoga Tradition

"A splendidly clear and timely survey of shamanism."—Jean Achterberg, PhD, author of Imagery in Healing

"Quite simply, this book is a major step forward in understanding the vital phenomenon of shamanism. I recommend it highly."—Charles Tart, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of California at Davis, author of States of Consciousness

"...Eminently useful and inspiring. A brilliant integrative work that pushes the frontiers of consciousness in insightful, practical, and powerful ways."—Angeles Arrien, PhD, Cultural Anthropologist, author of The Four-Fold Way and The Second Half of Life"...

Unique in bringing together the full range of anthropological, psychological, and psychiatric literature on this vital subject. It does so with admirable scholarship yet still manages to be sensitive and clear."—Christie W. Kiefer, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, University of California at San Francisco

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