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A Resource On Frithjof Schuon's Life & Teachings

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Important Resources
on the Life and Work
of Frithjof Schuon

There are two texts of central importance on Frithjof Schuon, concerning his life and his work. Click on a title or a cover image for more information from the publisher’s web pages:

Frithjof Schuon and the Perennial Philosophy

by Harry Oldmeadow

One reviewer called this book “A magnificent introduction to the perennial philosophy and the work of its greatest master.…”

A sort of companion piece to the above book is one that focuses more on Schuon as a person, an artist, and a poet, as well as an important author of perennialist books:

Frithjof Schuon: Messenger of the Perennial Philosophy

by Michael O. Fitzgerald

One reviewer said about this book, “[It] is the most comprehensive biographical study of Schuon to date.…”

This is the first video biography of Frithjof Schuon. It has many clips of Schuon himself, along with clips of many others speaking about him. It also includes rare photos of Schuon's life, music that he loved, and much else.

Frithjof Schuon: Messenger of the Perennial Philosophy
(2-disk DVD)

directed by Jennifer Casey

Huston Smith commented that “This biographical film is a powerful and worthy testament to this epoch's most important philosopher and religious thinker, Frithjof Schuon.…”

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This site is the most comprehensive repository of information pertaining to the life and work of Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998); materials include published articles, personal correspondence, private papers, poems, photographs, and works of art.

Frithjof Schuon is the preeminent spokesman of a school of thought that focuses on the expression and explanation of the Perennial Philosophy. This philosophy expresses the timeless metaphysical truths underlying the diverse religions; its written sources include the revealed Scriptures as well as the writings of the great spiritual masters. Because these truths are permanent and universal, the point of view may thus be called "Perennialist." The Perennial Philosophy is an important perspective that can inform the study of Comparative Religion, Anthropology, Art, Literature, and many related areas.

Schuon was a philosopher in the tradition of Plato, Shankara, and Eckhart, and he wrote over two dozen books on religion, metaphysics, sacred art, and the spiritual path. Describing Schuon’s first book, The Transcendent Unity of Religions, Nobel laureate T. S. Eliot wrote, "I have met with no more impressive work in the comparative study of Oriental and Occidental religion", and world-renowned religion scholar Huston Smith said of Schuon, "The man is a living wonder; intellectually apropos religion, equally in depth and breadth, the paragon of our time". Schuon’s books have been translated into over a dozen languages and are respected by academic and religious authorities alike. Schuon’s writings remain unequaled in setting forth the principles of perennialist thought as well as their applications on the spiritual, aesthetic, and other related levels.

Besides his accomplishments as an author, Frithjof Schuon was also a gifted artist and poet. His art and his poetry flowed naturally from his awareness of God's Presence in creation. Catalogue notes from a museum display of Schuon’s art explain that “springing as they do from his rich and unique personality, Schuon’s paintings…have a rare value, not only as regards artistic merit but above all because of their gift for manifesting the human soul at its noblest and most beautiful—hence, as a vehicle for Truth.” The sense of the sacred figures as much in Schuon’s art and poetry as in his philosophical writings.

The story of Schuon’s life presented in these pages demonstrates how his own intellect, personality, and actions reflected the elevated metaphysics, spiritual insights, and artistic creations that comprised his body of work.

This online resource brings together, through a survey of his many-faceted dimensions, Frithjof Schuon’s important contributions to the manifestations of the timeless Truth.

Newest Postings

“To Have a Center”
Chapters in Books “The Problem of Moral Divergences”
“Concerning the Notion of Eternity”

Articles not in Books “Travel Meditations”
“The Three Dimensions of Sufism”
Slideshow of excerpts from “Concerning Forms in Art” with illustrations added

Letters First Line: “To return to the questions discussed in my preceding letters…”
First Line: “It is not easy to situate the problem of the resurrection in a few words…”

Statements / Texts “Against Subtle Worldliness”
“Two Unequal Heredities”

Articles on Schuon's Work “Introducing the Writings of Frithjof Schuon” (the full Introduction)
“‘Standing Unshakably in the True’ - A Commentary on the Teachings of Frithjof Schuon”

Articles on Schuon’s Life Biography of Frithjof Schuon

Film Clips of Schuon "Perennial Framework"
"Indian Qualities"

Film Clips about Schuon

"Defining Perennialism", with Martin Lings, William Stoddart, James Cutsinger, and Mark Perry

"Who is Frithjof Schuon?", with Houston Smith

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