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The Universal Spirit of Islam: Keys for Interfaith Understanding
William C. Chittick explores "The Sufi Doctrine of Rumi"
Every Branch In Me: Who are we as "human" beings?
Science and the Myth of Progress
A Definition of the Perennial Philosophy
Who was Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa)?
Interview with Frithjof Schuon - on Primordiality
Quranic perspective on the nature of man: Video clips of Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf
The Perennial Philosophy Series
How can we understand Native American traditions?
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Charles Eastman and his wife separated in August 1921, quite possibly because of opposing views regarding the best future for the American Indian. Elaine Goodale Eastman stressed total assimilation of Native Americans into the dominant society, while Eastman favored a type of cultural pluralism in which Indians would interact with the dominant society, utilizing only those positive aspects that would benefit them but still retaining their Indian identity, including their traditional beliefs and customs—in effect living between two worlds.

Eastman believed that the teachings and spirit of his adopted religion of Christianity and the traditional Indian spiritual beliefs were essentially the same and had their common origins in the same “Great Mystery;” a belief that was controversial to many Christians.

In 1928 Eastman purchased land on the north shore of Lake Huron, near Desbarats, Ontario, Canada. For the remainder of his life, when he was not traveling and lecturing, he lived there in his primitive cabin in communion with the virgin nature that he loved so dearly.
Eastman with guide and bark canoe on Rainy Lake, Ontario
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