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Biography of Patrick Laude

Patrick Laude was born in France in 1958. He took an undergraduate degree in History and a graduate degree in Philosophy at the University of Paris-Sorbonne while a Fellow at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He came to the US in the early 1980s and obtained a Ph.D. in French literature from Indiana University, with a Minor in Philosophy, in 1985.

He has taught classes and done research in French language and literature, mystical literature and poetry, comparative religion (including Christianity, Islam, and Sufism), and on the connections between cultures and religions. Dr. Laude currently is a professor at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

He is the author of numerous articles and several books dealing with the relationship between mysticism, symbolism and literature, as well as important spiritual figures such as Jeanne Guyon, Simone Weil, Louis Massignon and Frithjof Schuon. His works include Approches du Quiétisme (Tübingen, 1992), Massignon intérieur (L'Age d'Homme, Paris-Lausanne, 2001), The Way of Poetry (Oneonta Philosophy Studies, New York, 2001). He is also the co-editor of Dossier H Frithjof Schuon (L'Age d'Homme, Paris-Lausanne, 2001), and the co-author –with Jean-Baptiste Aymard—of Frithjof Schuon. Life and Teachings (SUNY Press, 2004). He is currently Professor of French at Georgetown University.

Dr. Patrick Laude has extended his work on the writings of Frithjof Schuon by editing several new editions of Schuon’s books, including extensive editor’s notes at the back of the book that illuminate many of the references and quotations found throughout Schuon’s text. The first of these new editions edited by Laude is Understanding Islam: A New Translation with Selected Letters. More recently, Dr. Laude finished From the Divine to the Human: A New Translation with Selected Letters. For both of these books Patrick Laude contributed the Editor’s Notes and an Editor’s Preface.

Patrick Laude is the author of a unique book on the conjunction between mystical poetry and univeral spiritual experience, Singing the Way: Insights in Poetry and Spiritual Transformation (2005). He is co-editor of an anthology of spiritual poetry entitled, Music of the Sky (2004). Dr. Laude has also edited a volume of writings across many religious traditions on what has been called the "prayer of the Heart" or "centering prayer," Pray without Ceasing: An Anthology of the Way of the Invocation in World Religions.

Besides the books mentioned above that he wrote or edited, Patrick Laude has also contributed a number of essays to other World Wisdom books: His essay "Quintessential Esoterism and the Wisdom of Forms: Reflections on Frithjof Schuon’s Intellectual and Spiritual Legacy" appeared in Sacred Web 20, a volume dedicated to the life and work of Frithjof Schuon on his birth centenary. Laude also wrote the "Introduction" to Returning to the Essential: The Selected Writings of Jean Biès, and the "Foreword" to Roots of the Human Condition by Frithjof Schuon. Other essays that he has contributed to World Wisdom books include "One for All, All for One: The Individual and the Community in Traditional and Modern Contexts" in The Betrayal of Tradition,"Holy Fools" in Every Branch in Me, as well as "On the Foundations and Norms of Poetry" in The Essential Sophia. Most recently, Dr. Laude wrote the Foreword to Universal Aspects of the Kabbalah and Judaism by Leo Schaya.


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Patrick Laude’s Writings Online
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On the Foundations and Norms of PoetryThe Essential SophiaLaude, Patrick Poetry
Selections from "Dust from the Whirlwind"Music of the Sky: An Anthology of Spiritual PoetryLaude, Patrick Poetry
Introduction to Music of the SkyMusic of the Sky: An Anthology of Spiritual PoetryLaude, Patrick Poetry
Islam: Sufism and PoetrySinging the Way: Insights in Poetry and Spiritual TransformationLaude, Patrick Islam
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Clip Title: Esoterism & the "Transparency of Phenomena"
Summary: Patrick Laude discusses Schuon's writings on esoterism, the "religio perennis" and the metaphysical "transparency of phenomena".
Total Running Time - 3 minutes 45 seconds
Low Res File Size - 11.9M
High Res File Size - 15.4M

 Film Clips with Patrick Laude (7)
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Who was Frithjof Schuon?
Patrick Laude answers the question, “Who was Frithjof Schuon?”
Total Running Time - 2 minutes 38 seconds
Low Res File Size - 7.7M
High Res File Size - 13.6M
Schuon’s Audience
Patrick Laude describes the types of readers who are most interested in and affected by the writings of Frithjof Schuon.
Total Running Time - 2 minutes 16 seconds
Low Res File Size - 6.8M
High Res File Size - 9.3M
Schuon’s Critique of Modernism
Patrick Laude reviews some of the errors of modern thinking that Schuon addresses in his writings.
Total Running Time - 3 minutes 45 seconds
Low Res File Size - 11M
High Res File Size - 15.1M
Schuon's Most Important Books
Patrick Laude speaks about the totality of Schuon's corpus and then lists what he considers are Schuon’s five most important books.
Total Running Time - 7 minutes 41 seconds
Low Res File Size - 22.4M
High Res File Size - 31M
Esoterism & the "Transparency of Phenomena"
Patrick Laude discusses Schuon's writings on esoterism, the "religio perennis" and the metaphysical "transparency of phenomena".
Total Running Time - 3 minutes 45 seconds
Low Res File Size - 11.9M
High Res File Size - 15.4M


Patrick Laude’s Bibliography

Books in English


The Way of Poetry: Essays on Poetics and Contemplative Transformation, (SUNY, 2002)

Frithjof Schuon. Life and Teachings, (SUNY Press, 2004)

Music of the Sky: An Anthology of Spiritual Poetry, (World Wisdom, 2004)

Divine Play, Sacred Laughter, and Spiritual Understanding, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

Singing the Way: Insights into Poetry & Spiritual Transformation, (World Wisdom, 2005)

Pray Without Ceasing: The Way of the Invocation in World Religions, (World Wisdom, 2006)

Books in French


Exotisme indochinois et poésie, (Sudestasie, 1990)

Rodenbach: les décors de silence, (Labor, 1990)

Littératures de la péninsule indochinoise (Bernard Hue, en collaboration), (Karthala – AUF, 1999)

Massignon intérieur, (L'Age d'Homme, Paris-Lausanne, 2001)

Dossier H Frithjof Schuon, (L'Age d'Homme, Paris-Lausanne, 2001)


Online Resources about Patrick Laude

Prof. Patrick Laude's online curriculum vitae on Georgetown University's web site offers many details of Dr. Laude's educational experience, grants received, academic areas of interest and expertise, a chronology of his academic experience, and a very detailed list of his publications in books, journals, etc., far more than we can offer on this page.
The Perennialist web site Religio Perennis has posted a number of online articles by Patrick Laude, some in English and others in French.


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