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From the Back Cover
Huston Smith's masterpiece explores the essential elements and teachings of the world's predominant faiths, including
Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and the native traditions of Australia, Africa,
Oceania, and the Americas.
Emphasizing the inner—rather than the institutional—dimension of these religions, Smith devotes special attention to Zen
and Tibetan Buddhism, Sufism, and the teachings of Jesus. He convincingly conveys the unique appeal and gifts of each of
the traditions and reveals their hold on the human heart and imagination.
About the Author
Huston Smith is internationally known and revered as the premier teacher of world religions. He is the focus of a
five-part PBS television series with Bill Moyers and has taught at Washington University, the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, Syracuse University, and the University of California at Berkeley. The recipient of twelve honorary degrees,
Smith's fifteen books include his bestselling The World's Religions, Why Religion Matters, and his autobiography, Tales