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Each of these writers is the primary author or editor of a volume in our Library of Perennial Philosophy.

Burckhardt, Titus
Chryssavgis, Rev. Dr. John
Cutsinger, James
Eastman, Charles
Fitzgerald, Michael Oren
Kanamatsu, Kenryo
Laude, Patrick
Lings, Martin
McCombs, Richard
McDonald, Barry
Nicholson, A. Reynold
Ohiyesa
Pallis, Marco
Perry, Mark
Schuon, Frithjof
Shah-Kazemi, Reza
Staveley, Lilian
Stoddart, Dr. William

Please view our Contributors section for details about other World Wisdom authors and editors.

 Schuon, Frithjof
Frithjof Schuon is best known as the foremost spokesman of the Perennial Philosophy and as a philosopher in the metaphysical current of Shankara and Plato. Over the past 50 years, he has written more than 20 books on metaphysical, spiritual and ethnic themes as well as having been a regular contributor to journals on comparative religion in both Europe and America. Schuon's writings have been consistently featured and reviewed in a wide range of scholarly and philosophical publications around the world, respected by both scholars and spiritual authorities.

Schuon was born in 1907 in Basle, Switzerland, of German parents and died in the United States in 1998. (more)
 Burckhardt, Titus
Titus Burckhardt, a German Swiss, was born in Florence in 1908 and died in Lausanne in 1984. He devoted all his life to the study and exposition of the different aspects of Wisdom and Tradition.

In the age of modern science and technocracy, Burckhardt was one of the most remarkable of the exponents of universal truth, in the realm of metaphysics as well as in the realm of cosmology and of traditional art. In a world of existentialism, psychoanalysis, and sociology, he was a major voice of the philosophia perennis, that "wisdom uncreate" that is expressed in Platonism, Vedanta, Sufism, Taoism, and other authentic esoteric or sapiential teachings. (more)
 Chryssavgis, Rev. Dr. John

The Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis is Professor of Theology and former Dean at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on Orthodox spirituality, including Ascent to Heaven (1989), The Desert is Alive (1994), The Way of the Fathers (1998), and Soul Mending: The Art of Spiritual Direction (2000).

World Wisdom will publish Rev. Dr. Chryssavgis' paper “Paths of Continuity” presented at the "Paths to the Heart" Conference held at the University of South Carolina on October 18-20, 2001. This article will appear in the Fall of 2002 in the book Paths to the Heart, which is part of World Wisdom's Perennial Philosophy series. It explores the life and writings of three contemporary and complementary witnesses of the ascetic and spiritual life, Archimandrite Sophrony, Joseph the Hesychast and Paisios the Elder. (more)

 Cutsinger, James
James S. Cutsinger (Ph.D., Harvard) is Professor of Theology and Religious Thought at the University of South Carolina.

A widely recognized authority on the Sophia Perennis and the traditionalist school of comparative religious thought, he is best known for his work on the Swiss philosopher Frithjof Schuon. Professor Cutsinger serves as secretary to the Foundation for Traditional Studies, and he is currently editing the Collected Works of Frithjof Schuon.

The recipient of numerous teaching awards, he was honored in 1999 as a Michael J. Mungo University Teacher of the Year. (more)
 Eastman, Charles (Ohiyesa)
Ohiyesa, also known as Charles Alexander Eastman, was the first great American Indian author, publishing eleven books from 1902 until 1918. In his later adult life he was the foremost Indian spokesman of his day and his contribution to our understanding of the American Indian philosophy and religion are so significant that at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, Ohiyesa was presented a special medal honoring the most distinguished achievements by an American Indian. Ohiyesa said of his work, "My chief object has been, not to entertain, but to present the American Indian in his true character before Americans. ... Really it was a campaign of education on the Indian and his true place in American history." (more)
 Fitzgerald, Michael Oren
Mr. Fitzgerald has been an adopted member of the Thomas Yellowtail family and the Crow tribe since 1972. His most important book is Yellowtail: Crow Medicine Man and Sun Dance Chief, which he recorded and edited and which was first published in 1991 by the University of Oklahoma Press (now in its fifth printing). About the book, the journal Choice wrote, it "describes in exquisite detail Yellowtail's philosophy.... It is a serious work of anthropology and history." Prior to his death in 1993, Yellowtail made many visits to Fitzgerald's home in Bloomington, Indiana. (more)
 Kanamatsu, Kenryo
Born in 1915 in Kyoto, Kenryo Kanamatsu took his B.A. in Philosophy at Otani University. Following study under a Fulbright scholarship at Cornell and the University of Chicago, he received his doctorate and was a Professor at Otani University. In addition to NATURALNESS, Dr. Kanamatsu translated the works of Plato into Japanese and wrote a book on Plato's Theology and Cosmology which has not been translated into English. He was a lifelong devotee of Shin Buddhism. (more)
 Laude, Patrick
Patrick Laude was born on December 23, 1958 in Lannemezan, Hautes Pyrénées, France, of Gascon and Basque stock. He took an undergraduate degree in History and a graduate degree in Philosophy at Paris-Sorbonne while being a Fellow at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris (1979-1982). His academic career took him to the United States where he obtained a PhD in French literature in 1985, specializing in poetry and mystical literature. He is the author of numerous articles and several books dealing with the relationship between mysticism, symbolism and literature, as well as important spiritual figures such as Jeanne Guyon, Simone Weil, Louis Massignon and Frithjof Schuon. (more)
 Lings, Martin

World Wisdom will be publishing The Essential Writings of Martin Lings in 2004 with Dr. Reza Shah-Kazemi as editor. Martin Lings is the author of the authoritative biography of the Prophet, Muhammed, His Life Based on the Earliest Sources. He has also written What is Sufism?, Ancient Beliefs and Modern Superstitions, Shakespeare in Light of Sacred Art, The Book of Certainty, A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century, The Quranic Art of Calligraphy and Illumination and two volumes of poems, The Element and The Heralds.

As Keeper of Oriental Manuscripts and Printed Books at the British Museum, his Department became part of the British Library in 1973 where he was in special charge of the Qur’an manuscripts, amongst other treasures. (more)

 McCombs, Richard

Dr. Richard McCombs is a specialist in Greek philosophy who has studied science and Latin. Dr. McCombs' forthcoming book which contains the writings of Plotinus, is scheduled for the Fall 2003, and will be published by World Wisdom in the Spiritual Masters-East and West Series. This compilation of essays by Plotinus, the last great philosopher of antiquity (AD 204-70), are taken from Plotinus' great work, The Enneads, which forms the basis for all Neo-Platonic philosophy. Recently, he has lectured on "The Parts of the Soul in Plato's Republic." (more)

 McDonald, Barry

Barry McDonald’s authoritative voice on the world’s religions has been formed by a combination of academic study and first hand contact with various sacred traditions throughout the world. He received his undergraduate education at Goddard College and his graduate degree at Indiana University. The six months that he spent in the Middle East in 1973 began a series of life long contacts with authentic representatives of most of the world’s great religions, including travels to the Middle East, Asia, North Africa, Europe and the American West. Thomas Yellowtail, the venerable Crow medicine man and Sun Dance chief, adopted McDonald into the Crow tribe. He is a published poet and has edited Every Branch in Me, Essays on The Meaning of Man, and is in the process of editing with Patrick Laude Music of the Sky, an Anthology of Sacred Poetry. His writing style combines the lyrical beauty of a poet, the penetrating metaphysical understanding of a scholar, and the personal insights of a spiritual seeker. (more)

 Nicholson, A. Reynold
English Orientalist, lecturer in Persian and Sir Thomas Adams professor of Arabic at Cambridge university, Reynold A. Nicholson was a foremost scholar in the field of Islamic literature and mysticism. World Wisdom is publishing his celebrated book, The Mystics of Islam in the Fall of 2002 in our Spiritual Classics series. His Literary of the Arabs (1907) remains a standard work on the subject in English, while his many text editions and translations of Sufi writings, culminating in his eight-volume Mathnawi of Jalalu’ddin Rumi, advanced the study of Muslim mystics to an eminent degree. He combined exact scholarship with notable literary gifts; some of his versions of Arabic and Persian poetry qualify him as a poet himself. (more)
 Pallis, Marco

Marco Pallis was born of Greek parents in Liverpool in 1895, educated at Harrow and Liverpool University, and served in the British army during the Great War. He wrote two books deriving from his experiences traveling in the Eastern Himalaya region and with Tibetan Buddhism: Peaks and Lamas (1939) which was reprinted several times and became something of a bestseller, and The Way and the Mountain (1960). Pallis also wrote many articles for the journal Studies in Comparative Religion, some of which are included in his last publication, A Buddhist Spectrum (1980).

His article, "Do Clothes Make the Man," will be published by World Wisdom in the book, Every Branch in Me: Essays on the Meaning of Man scheduled for the Fall of 2002. It is part of the Perennial Philosophy series. (more)

 Perry, Mark

Although of American parents, Mark Perry was born in Cairo, Egypt, in 1951 and raised in Switzerland close to Frithjof Schuon. He is the son of eminent American Perennialist author Whitall Perry. Basically self-taught, he is the author of the book, On Awakening and Remembering published by Fons Vitae in 2000. Perry is currently in the process of re-translating all of Frithjof Schuon’s books from the original French into the English language. The first new translation will be Form and Substance in the Religions which is scheduled to be published by World Wisdom in July 2002. This book as a totality has not appeared in English, although the individual chapters from the book have been published in various other works by Mr. Schuon. (more)

 Schuon, Frithjof
Frithjof Schuon is best known as the foremost spokesman of the Perennial Philosophy and as a philosopher in the metaphysical current of Shankara and Plato. Over the past 50 years, he has written more than 20 books on metaphysical, spiritual and ethnic themes as well as having been a regular contributor to journals on comparative religion in both Europe and America. Schuon's writings have been consistently featured and reviewed in a wide range of scholarly and philosophical publications around the world, respected by both scholars and spiritual authorities.

Schuon was born in 1907 in Basle, Switzerland, of German parents and died in the United States in 1998. (more)
 Shah-Kazemi, Reza
Reza Shah-Kazemi is a Research Associate at the Institute of Ismaili Studies in London. His publications include Paths to Transcendence: Spiritual Realization according to Shankara, Ibn Arabi, and Meister Eckhart (forthcoming), and he is currently working on a new English translation of the Imam 'Ali's Nahj Al-Balagha.
Professor Shah-Kazemi is currently preparing The Essential Writings of Martin Lings which World Wisdom will publish in 2004. At the "Paths to the Heart" Conference held at the University of South Carolina on October 18-20, 2001, Professor Shah-Kazemi presented a paper on, “The Metaphysics of Religious Dialogue: A Qur'anic Perspective”. It will be published by World Wisdom in the Fall of 2002 in the book Paths to the Heart, which is part of World Wisdom's Perennial Philosophy series. (more)
 Staveley, Lilian
Lilian Staveley was unknown to the public when, at the end of the first world war, she brought to John M. Watkins of London a manuscript to offer for publication. For the sake of her own privacy, she insisted upon remaining anonymous, since her beloved but non-mystical husband--Brigadier General William Cathcart Staveley of the British army--was still living, and she was surrounded by the social world she later described in her autobiography, The Prodigal Returns. It was only after her death that General Staveley learned that his fond wife and companion of nearly thirty years had for long led a hidden spiritual life which from charity she had opened to the reading public in three works constituting a deeply original and grace-filled personal record of a soul's journey to God. (more)
 Stoddart, Dr. William

William Stoddart was born at Carstairs in Scotland in 1925. He studied modern languages, and later medicine, at the universities of Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dublin. For many years he was assistant editor of the British journal Studies in Comparative Religion. He spent most of his working life in London, England, and retired to Windsor, Ontario, in 1982.

He has made a life-long study of the great religious traditions of the world, and in this connection has traveled widely: in Europe, North Africa, Turkey, India, and Ceylon. His books include: Sufism: the Mystical Doctrines and Methods of Islam (1976; editions in seven languages), Outline of Hinduism (1993), and Outline of Buddhism (1998). (more)

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