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Exploring "Timeless in Time" - a biography of Sri Ramana Maharshi
What is "Christian Spirit"?
The Fullness of God: Frithjof Schuon on Christianity
Insights into the early Christian Desert Fathers and Mothers
Who was Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa)?
The Sacred Worlds Series
The Universal Spirit of Islam: Keys for Interfaith Understanding
Where to look to "see God Everywhere"?
William C. Chittick explores "The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi"
Spiritual Masters - East & West Series
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The purpose of this book, the first major publication of its kind, is to promote precisely this more inward kind of ecumenical perspective. Despite the long and well-known history of conflict between Christians and Muslims, their mystical traditions especially in the Christian East and in Sufism, have shared for centuries many of the same spiritual methods and goals. One thinks, for example, of the profound similarities between the practices of the Jesus Prayer among the Hesychast masters of the Philokalia and the Sufi practices of dhikr or invocation.



These commonalities suggest the possibility for a deeper kind of religious dialogue than is customary in our day, a dialogue which seeks to foster what Frithjof Schuon has called inward or "esoteric" ecumenism, and which, while respecting the integrity of traditional dogmas and rites, "calls into play the wisdom which can discern the one sole Truth under the veil of different forms."

"Speaking to both novices and adepts who are studying and/or practicing the Orthodox Christian and Sufi ways, this book opens the way for a deep healing of the wounds of ignorance that have arisen out of the clash between these two great traditions."
—Alan Godlas, Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Georgia


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