Shop now Shop now Shop now See more Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now DIYED Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Shop now Shop now
Customer Review

2 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Encyclopedia of the Inner Life, 5 July 2007
This review is from: A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom (Perennial Wisdom Series) (Paperback)
When I die I would like four books to be placed on the top of my coffin: "The Complete Poems of D.H. Lawrence", Robert Tressell's "The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists", Henry David Thoreau's "Walden", and Whitall N Perry's "A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom".
Perry's "A Treasury of Traditional Wisdom" is a compilation of the sayings of the spiritual traditions of both West and East, and runs to over 1000 pages. A truly monumental work, it provides in one volume an encyclopedia of the traditional spiritual teachings of mankind that have changed little from distant millenia to the present day. It is not,however, an attempt at syncretism. Perry rightly recognises the historical validity of religious forms and structures that grew up in response to different circumstances of time and place, but draws out the underlying unity and universality of the "inner life". Too much emphasis on the latter might be considered a shortcoming, since Perry includes little on the themes of social solidarity such as justice, a major theme, for example, in the Judaeo-Christian tradition. The inclusion of more contemporary writers such as Thomas Merton, Bonhoeffer, or Ghandi would also have been welcome. The book is arranged thematically, with a short introduction to each topic.
Each of these four books act as signposts for the direction of life, and as a critique of why, in the opinion of the authors', we have lost the way.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines ">here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking on the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]

Comments

Track comments by e-mail

Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-1 of 1 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 26 Oct 2012 08:09:12 BDT
starling says:
this revue is in the wrong place - it is not about Guenon's book, but about Perry's
‹ Previous 1 Next ›

Review Details

Item

Reviewer


Location: PILA Poland

Top Reviewer Ranking: 966,366