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Frithjof Schuon And The Perennialist SchoolRemembering in a World of Forgetting: Thoughts on Tradition and PostmodernismStoddart, William Tradition
Foreword to The Fullness of GodThe Fullness of God: Frithjof Schuon on ChristianityFaivre, Antoine Biography
Foreword to World Wheel Volumes I-IIIWorld Wheel: Poems by Frithjof Schuon Volumes I-IIISchimmel, Annemarie Poetry
Introduction to World Wheel Volumes I-IIIWorld Wheel: Poems by Frithjof Schuon Volumes I-IIIStoddart, William Poetry
This essay's point is to "enter…into Schuon's own perspective, to understand him on his own terms, and to see how he envisions certain crucial ideas" and to explore why Schuon's work is at once both provocative and inviting to so many readers.
A Knowledge That Wounds Our Nature: The Message of Frithjof SchuonJournal of the American Academy of Religion, Vol. 60, No. 3, 1992Cutsinger, James Commentary
This wide-ranging interview with Frithjof Schuon covers "the transcendent unity of religions," metaphysics, spiritual practice, virtue, sacred art, beauty, esoterism, the American Indian traditions, sacred nudity, and more.
The Basis of Religion and Metaphysics: An Interview with Frithjof SchuonThe Quest: Philosophy, Science, Religion, the Arts, Vol. 9, No. 2, 1996Casey, Deborah Comparative Religion
Besides a summary of Frithjof Schuon's role in the school of traditionalist thought, and his groundbreaking work, Oldmeadow's essay also includes interesting sections on Coomaraswamy and Guénon, the other two seminal authors of this school of thought.
A Sage for the Times: The Role and the Oeuvre of Frithjof Schuon"Eye of the Heart" journal web siteOldmeadow, Harry Commentary
Author Prof. Harry Oldmeadow states that the goal of this essay is to "provide a sketch, largely through direct quotation, of a few of the key principles and doctrines which govern Schuon’s understanding of the natural order." This can assist us, because today we "witness a plethora of writings on the 'ecological crisis,' often well-intentioned and sometimes enlivened by partial insights, but fundamentally confused because of an ignorance of timeless metaphysical and cosmological principles. It has been the task of figures such as René Guénon, Ananda Coomaraswamy and Frithjof Schuon, authoritative expositors of the sophia perennis, to remind the modern world of those principles."
Signs of the Supra-Sensible: Frithjof Schuon on the Natural Order"Sacred Web" journal web siteOldmeadow, Harry Environment/Nature
Professor Huston Smith wrote the "Foreword" to the 1997 edition of Frithjof Schuon's "The Eye of the Heart." In it, Smith states unequivocally that he considers Schuon to be "the most important religious thinker of our century." He explains this by pointing to Schuon's solution to the thorniest issue facing those who believe in absolute Truth: Must there be only one valid Truth embodied in one religious tradition, thus excluding all others, or can there be another way in which absolute Truth can take on relative shadings, and still remain the Truth? Although Smith gives only brief attention to the specific contents of the book, he does summarize his thoughts with this: "Again in this book, as everywhere in Schuon's writing, one is struck by the hierarchical, vertical character of his thinking — his depiction of an absolute and transcendent Reality that deploys itself through All-Possibility and ultimately returns to Itself through human beings 'made in the image of God.'"
Foreword to "The Eye of the Heart"The Eye of the HeartSmith, Huston Multiple
This essay by Renaud Fabbri, from Sacred Web 20, explores certain misunderstandings about Schuon’s position: was he a prophet (instituting a new transcendent religion or primordial message), a saint (some have portrayed him as a Muslim saint operating within the structures of Sufism), or, as the author contends, a sage (based on the Platonic or Hindu model)? Emphasizing the Marian foundation of his teachings, the author argues that Schuon is best understood as being a paracletic spokesman of the sophia perennis and a shakta.
The Milk of the Virgin: the Prophet, the Saint and the SageSacred Web 20Fabbri, Renaud Multiple
Crow Sun Dance Chief and Medicine Man Thomas Yellowtail (1903-1993) wrote this introduction to Frithjof Schuon's book "The Feathered Sun: Plains Indians in Art and Philosophy" to attest to the authenticity and truthfulness of Schuon's writings and paintings found in this book. Yellowtail details his long relationship with Schuon and goes on to point out that Schuon captured the spirit of the olden-days Indians in both his paintings and his prose.
The Introduction by Thomas Yellowtail to "The Feathered Sun" by Frithjof SchuonThe Feathered Sun: Plains Indians in Art and Philosophy (World Wisdom 1990)Yellowtail, Thomas Perennial Philosophy
Foreword to Prayer Fashions ManPrayer Fashions Man: Frithjof Schuon on the Spiritual LifeZaleski, Philip
This is a transcript of The Prince of Wales' videotaped introduction to the Sacred Web Conference, "Tradition in the Modern World," presented on September 23, 2006, at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Prince Charles begins his comments with: "In these uprooted times, there is a great need for constancy; a need for those who can rise above the clamour, the din and the sheer pace of our lives to help us to rediscover those truths that are immutable and eternal; a need for those who can speak of that eternal wisdom which is called the perennial philosophy." The address continues to outline key points of Traditionalism and the Perennial Philosophy, supporting The Prince's theme that there are real and positive applications of these points in "finding practical solutions to what, at first, seem to be impossible difficulties – and sometimes to speak for those whose voices are unheard amidst the clamour of Modernism." The Prince's insights demonstrate his thoughtful consideration of and interest in the worldview offered by the Perennial Philosophy.
The Introduction by The Prince of Wales to the 2006 Sacred Web ConferenceThe website of the journal "Sacred Web"Prince of Wales, Charles Multiple
Christopher Woodman reviews Frithjof Schuon’s In the Tracks of Buddhism, discussing both the material of the book and the difficult language it is presented in. Woodman calls the book “as difficult as it is important” and “uncompromising”; deeply informative and deeply challenging, the latter due to the terse wording which forces the reader to pay rapt attention. According to Woodman, the book assumes a certain familiarity with Buddhism on the part of the reader, with the exception of the traditions of Jodo and Shinto which are gone into in detail and explained assuming a poorer understanding.
Book Review of "In the Tracks of Buddhism"Studies Vol. 2, No. 3. ( Summer, 1968)Woodman, Christopher Multiple
Martin Lings reviews this book by Frithjof Schuon which is a complement to Understanding Islam and which explains in depth some of the problems that Christianity sees in Islam in the sanctity of the Prophet, for example, or the belittling of the human. Schuon explains that to be truly human and thus sanctified is to fit the divine mould which is Origin, Archetype, Norm and Goal. In Sufism this is expressed in a quaternary of divine Names: The First, the Last, the Outward and the Inward. Lings points out that these, “form the basis of this book, whose every chapter flows, as it were, along one or more of these dimensions.” Chapters under review include those on Jesus, Mary, the Archangels and the Five Divine Presences.
Book Review of "Dimensions of Islam"Studies Vol. 4, No. 4. ( Autumn, 1970) Lings, Martin Multiple
A. K. Saran's article appeared in the journal Sophia as part of an issue dedicated to the life and thought of the late Frithjof Schuon. It is a wide-ranging view of some key Schuonian, and thus "Perennialist," concepts, as Saran focuses on Schuon's book The Eye of the Heart. A. K. Saran also incorporates much traditional Hindu thought and the words of A. K. Coomaraswamy throughout this exploration of some aspects of Schuon's thought.
A Schuon Sentence"Sophia", Vol. 4, No. 2, 1998Saran, Awadh Kishore Multiple
V. Raghavan (1908-1979) wrote this "Foreword" to Frithjof Schuon's book Language of the Self. It appeared in the first edition in India, and then later in World Wisdom's 1999 edition. The foreword summarizes Schuon's perspective in a number of areas as divergent as the transcendent unity of religions, the modern world, metaphysics, and his approach to and appreciation of Hinduism.
Foreword to Language of the Self"Language of the Self" by Frithjof Schuon (World Wisdom, 1999)Raghavan, Venkataraman Multiple
Whitall Perry recounts his own spiritual journey which brought him to meet the greatest thinkers of the Perennial Philosophy of the 20th century: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, René Guénon, and Frithjof Schuon. Focusing on the later, Perry gives the reader a glimpse into the life of the remarkable writer, poet, and painter who, to many, represented in himself, and in his writings, the epitome of the traditional man.
Perspectives"Sophia", Vol. 4, No. 2, 1998Perry, Whitall Multiple
Swedish philosopher Tage Lindbom surveys some central concepts of the thought of Frithjof Schuon regarding: the modern world, ontology, the "pure Absolute" and the "relative Absolute," secular man's illusory view of existence, the "hierarchical order of creation," the Sovereign Good, and man's place in the universe. Lindbom states, "The unique position of Frithjof Schuon's message is especially characterized by the fact that he provides an answer to the spiritual misery of our times," and "Looking back in time, we like to pause before historical figures who have produced a legacy of spiritual work that is characterized by timelessness, the Eternal. We pause before three names: Plato, Shankara, Frithjof Schuon."
Frithjof Schuon and Our Times"Sophia", Vol. 4, No. 2, 1998Lindbom, Tage Multiple
Patrick Laude summarizes "the main ideas presented by Schuon on the topic of esoterism, both in his published works and in some of his unpublished texts." Laude presents a definintion of "esoterism" as understood by Schuon, how in Schuon's work esoterism is viewed as connected with the exoteric religions, the religio perennis," and esoterism in the spiritual life.
Remarks of Esoterism in the work of Frithjof Schuon"Sacred Web", vol. 4, Winter 1999Laude, Patrick Multiple
Book Review of "Understanding Islam""Tomorrow" - Vol. 12, No. 1. ( Winter, 1964)Lings, Martin Multiple
Book Review of "Light on the Ancient Worlds""Tomorrow" - Vol. 14, No. 1. ( Winter, 1966)Lings, Martin Multiple
Book Review of "Logic and Transcendence"Studies in Comparative Religion - Vol. 9, No. 4 (Autumn, 1975)Perry, Whitall Multiple
Book Review of "Esoterism as Principle and as Way"Studies in Comparative Religion - Vol. 14, Nos. 1 & 2 (Winter-Spring, 1980)Lings, Martin Multiple
Book Review of "Sufism, Veil and Quintessence"Studies in Comparative Religion - Vol. 14, Nos. 3 & 4 (Summer-Autumn, 1980)Lings, Martin Multiple
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A list of other articles of interest

  • Seyyed Hossein Nasr and William Stoddart (eds.), Religion of the Heart: Essays Presented to Frithjof Schuon on His Eightieth Birthday. Washington: Foundation for Traditional Studies, 1991.
  • James S. Cutsinger, Advice to the Serious Seeker: Meditations on the Teaching of Frithjof Schuon. New York: SUNY Press, 1997.
  • Kenneth Oldmeadow, Traditionalism: Religion in the Light of the Perennial Philosophy. Colombo, Sri Lanka: Institute of Traditional Studies, 2000.
  • Patrick Laude and Jean-Baptiste Aymard, Frithjof Schuon: Life and Teachings. New York: SUNY Press, 2004.
  • V. Raghavan, “Foreword”, in Frithjof Schuon, Language of the Self. Madras: Ganesh, 1959.
  • Huston Smith, “Introduction”, in Frithjof Schuon, The Transcendent Unity of Religions. New York: Harper & Row, 1975.
  • Seyyed Hossein Nasr, “The Rediscovery of the Sacred: The Revival of Tradition”, in Knowledge and the Sacred (the 1981 Gifford Lectures). New York: Crossroad, 1981.
  • Seyyed Hossein Nasr, “Introduction”, in The Essential Writings of Frithjof Schuon, edited by Seyyed Hossein Nasr. New York: Amity House, 1986; second edition (The Essential Frithjof Schuon), Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2005.
  • Barbara Perry, “Foreword: Frithjof Schuon: Metaphysician and Artist”, in The Feathered Sun: Plains Indians in Art and Philosophy. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom Books, 1990.
  • Thomas Yellowtail, “Introduction”, in The Feathered Sun: Plains Indians in Art and Philosophy. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom Books, 1990.
  • Seyyed Hossein Nasr, “Biography of Frithjof Schuon”, in Religion of the Heart: Essays Presented to Frithjof Schuon on His Eightieth Birthday, edited by Seyyed Hossein Nasr and William Stoddart. Washington: Foundation for Traditional Studies, 1991.
  • Bernard Kelly, “Notes on the Light of the Eastern Traditions, with Special Reference to the Writings of Ananda Coomaraswamy, René Guénon, and Frithjof Schuon”, in Religion of the Heart: Essays Presented to Frithjof Schuon on His Eightieth Birthday, edited by Seyyed Hossein Nasr and William Stoddart. Washington: Foundation for Traditional Studies, 1991.
  • Whitall. N. Perry, “The Revival of Interest in Tradition”, in The Unanimous Tradition, edited by Ranjit Fernando. Colombo: Sri Lanka Institute of Traditional Studies, 1991 and The Underlying Religion: An Introduction to the Perennial Philosophy, edited by Martin Lings and Clinton Minnaar. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2007.
  • Jean Borella, “René Guénon and the Traditionalist School”, in Modern Esoteric Spirituality, edited by Antoine Faivre and Jacob Needleman. New York: Crossroad, 1992.
  • James S. Cutsinger, “A Knowledge That Wounds Our Nature: The Message of Frithjof Schuon”, Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Vol. 60, No. 3, 1992.
  • Michael Pollack, “Editor’s Introduction”, in Images of Primordial and Mystic Beauty: Paintings by Frithjof Schuon. Bloomington, IN: Abodes, 1992.
  • Sharlyn Romaine, “Intention and Style”, in Images of Primordial and Mystic Beauty: Paintings by Frithjof Schuon. Bloomington, IN: Abodes, 1992.
  • Deborah Casey, “The Basis of Religion and Metaphysics: An Interview with Frithjof Schuon”, The Quest: Philosophy, Science, Religion, the Arts, Vol. 9, No. 2, 1996.
  • Huston Smith, “Foreword”, in The Eye of the Heart: Metaphysics, Cosmology, Spiritual Life. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom Books, 1997.
  • Annemarie Schimmell, “Foreword”, in Understanding Islam. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom Books, 1998.
  • Jean Biès, “A Face of Eternal Wisdom: An Interview with Frithjof Schuon”, Sophia, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1998.
  • Seyyed Hossein Nasr, “Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998)”, Sacred Web, Vol. 1, 1998.
  • William Stoddart, “The German Poems of Frithjof Schuon”, Sophia, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1998.
  • Seyyed Hossein Nasr, “In Memoriam: Frithjof Schuon—A Prelude”, Sophia, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1998.
  • Martin Lings, “Frithjof Schuon: An Autobiographical Approach”, Sophia, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1998.
  • Huston Smith, “Providence Perceived: In Memory of Frithjof Schuon”, Sophia, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1998.
  • Whitall N. Perry, “Perspectives”, Sophia, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1998.
  • Mudambai Ramachandran, “Frithjof Schuon: A Small Word of Homage and Celebration”, Sophia, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1998.
  • James S. Cutsinger, “The Mystery of the Two Natures”, Sophia, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1998 and Every Branch in Me: Essays on the Meaning of Man, edited by Barry McDonald, 2002.
  • Harry (Kenneth) Oldmeadow, “A Sage for the Times: The Role and the Ouevre of Frithjof Schuon”, Sophia, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1998.
  • Reza Shah-Kazemi, “Frithjof Schuon and Prayer”, Sophia, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1998 and The Underlying Religion: An Introduction to the Perennial Philosophy, edited by Martin Lings and Clinton Minnaar. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2007.
  • Tage Lindbom, “Frithjof Schuon and Our Times”, Sophia, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1998.
  • Mateus Soares de Azevedo, “Frithjof Schuon and Sophia Perennis in Brazil”, Sophia, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1998.
  • A.K. Saran, “A Schuon Sentence: Some Remarks”, Sophia, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1998.
  • Michael Oren Fitzgerald, “Frithjof Schuon’s Role in Preserving the Red Indian Spirit”, Sophia, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1998.
  • Brian Keeble, “Some Thoughts on Reading Frithjof Schuon’s Writings on Art”,  Sophia, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1998.
  • Patrick Laude, “Remarks on Esoterism in the Works of Frithjof Schuon”, Sacred Web, Vol. 4, 1999.
  • Martin Lings, “Frithjof Schuon and René Guénon”, Sophia, Vol. 5, No. 2, 1999.
  • Bruce K. Hanson, “Foreword”, in Survey of Metaphysics and Esoterism. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom Books, 2000.
  • Kenneth Oldmeadow, “Formal Diversity, Essential Unity: Frithjof Schuon on the Convergence of Religions”, Sacred Web, Vol. 5, 2000.
  • William Stoddart, “Lossky’s Palamitism in the Light of Schuon”, Sacred Web, Vol. 6, 2001.
  • Kenneth Oldmeadow, “‘Signposts to the Supra-sensible’: Notes on Frithjof Schuon’s Understanding of ‘Nature’”, Sacred Web, Vol. 6, 2001.
  • Mark Perry, “Frithjof Schuon Seen Through His Handwriting”, Sophia, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2000.
  • Catherine Schuon, “Frithjof Schuon: Memories and Anecdotes”, Sacred Web, Vol. 8, 2001.
  • Michael Oren Fitzgerald, “Frithjof Schuon: Providence without Paradox”, Sacred Web, Vol. 8, 2001.
  • Harry (Kenneth) Oldmeadow, “Melodies from the Beyond: Australian Aboriginal Religion in Schuonian Perspective”, originally appeared as “Melodies de l’au-dela: Perspective schuonienne sur la religion des aborigènes d’Australie”, Connaissance des Religions, 2002.
  • James S. Cutsinger, “Colorless Light and Pure Air: The Virgin in the Thought of Frithjof Schuon”, Sophia, Vol. 6, No. 2, 2002 and Ye Shall Know the Truth: Christianity and the Perennial Philosophy, edited by Mateus Sores de Azevedo, 2005.
  • Mateus Sores de Azevedo, “Frithjof Schuon and Shri Ramana Maharshi”, Sacred Web, Vol. 10, 2002.
  • Patrick Laude, “Foreword”, in Roots of the Human Condition. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2002.
  • Ghazi Bin Muhammad, “The Qur’anic Doctrine of Remembrance: Commentary on an Epistle on Presence and Remembrance”, Sacred Web, Vol. 12, 2003.
  • Antoine Faivre, “Foreword”, in The Fullness of God: Frithjof Schuon on Christianity, edited by James S. Cutsinger. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2004.
  • James S. Cutsinger, “Introduction”, in The Fullness of God: Frithjof Schuon on Christianity, edited by James S. Cutsinger. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2004.
  • Annemarie Schimmell, “Foreword”, in Adastra & Stella Maris: Poems by Frithjof Schuon (bilingual edition). Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2004.
  • William Stoddart, “Introduction”, in Adastra & Stella Maris: Poems by Frithjof Schuon (bilingual edition). Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2004.
  • Harry (Kenneth) Oldmeadow, “The Heart of the Religio Perennis: Frithjof Schuon on Esotericism”, in Esotericism and the Control of Knowledge, edited by Edward Crangle. Sydney: Sydney University, 2004.
  • Timothy Scott, “The Elect and the Predestination of Knowledge: ‘Esoterism’ and ‘Exclusivism’: A Schuonian Perspective”, in, Esotericism and the Control of Knowledge, edited by Edward Crangle. Sydney: Sydney University, 2004.
  • Seyyed Hossein Nasr, “Preface”, in The Essential Frithjof Schuon, edited by Seyyed Hossein Nasr. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2005.
  • Harry Oldmeadow, “Traditionalism and the Sophia Perennis”, in Journeys East: 20th Century Western Encounters with Eastern Religious Traditions. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2005.
  • Philip Zaleski, “Foreword”, in Prayer Fashions Man: Frithjof Schuon on the Spiritual Life, edited by James S. Cutsinger. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom 2005.
  • James S. Cutsinger, “Introduction”, in Prayer Fashions Man: Frithjof Schuon on the Spiritual Life, edited by James S. Cutsinger. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2005.
  • Deon Valodia, “Glossary of Terms used by Frithjof Schuon”. Cape Town: privately published, 2006.
  • Seyyed Hossein Nasr, “Foreword”, in Sufism: Veil and Quintessence, A New Translation with Selected Letters. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2007.
  • Keith Critchlow, “Foreword”, in Frithjof Schuon, Art from the Sacred to the Profane: East and West, edited by Catherine Schuon. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2007.
  • Catherine Schuon, “Preface”, in Frithjof Schuon, Art from the Sacred to the Profane: East and West, edited by Catherine Schuon. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2007.
  • Barbara Perry, “Introduction”, in Frithjof Schuon, Art from the Sacred to the Profane: East and West, edited by Catherine Schuon. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2007.
  • Patrick Laude, “Nigra sum sed Formosa, ‘I am Black but Beautiful’: Death and the Spiritual Life in Frithjof Schuon”, Sacred Web, Vol. 19, 2007.
  • M. Ali Lakhani, “‘Standing Unshakably in the True’: A Commentary on the Teachings of Frithjof Schuon”, Sacred Web, Vol. 20, 2007.
  • Michael Oren Fitzgerald, “Beauty and the Sense of the Sacred: Schuon’s Antidote to the Modern World”, Sacred Web, Vol. 20, 2007.
  • Patrick Laude, “Quintessential Esoterism and the Wisdom of Forms: Reflections on Frithjof Schuon’s Intellectual and Spiritual Legacy”, Sacred Web, Vol. 20, 2007.
  • Timothy Scott, “‘Made in the Image’: Schuon’s Theomorphic Anthropology”, Sacred Web, Vol. 20, 2007.
  • Renaud Fabbri, “The Milk of the Virgin: The Prophet, the Saint, and the Sage”, Sacred Web, Vol. 20, 2007.
  • James S. Cutsinger, “Provocations in Place of Answers: Sollemnitas in Conceptione Immaculata Beatae Mariae Virginis” (Talk delivered in Zurich, 2007).
  • Renaud Fabbri, “Frithjof Schuon: The Shining Realm of the Pure Intellect” (Master’s Thesis). Oxford, Ohio: Miami University, 2007.
  • Michael Oren Fitzgerald, “Frithjof Schuon and the American Indian Spirit”, Vincit Omnia Veritas, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2007.
  • William Stoddart, “Frithjof Schuon and the Perennialist School”, in Remembering in a World of Forgetting: Thoughts on Tradition and Postmodernism, edited by Mateus Soares de Azevedo and Alberto Vasconcellos Queiroz. Bloomington, IN: World Wisdom, 2008.

Books about Schuon's Writings in English Holdings: 5 Books


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