Treasures of Buddhism: A New Translation with Selected Letters

Frithjof Schuon (Author) Harry Oldmeadow (Editor)


In his classic work on the subject, perennialist author Frithjof Schuon explores the vast and varied landscape that is Buddhism. Every reader interested in Buddhism from whatever angle will here find much that speaks to his or her condition. Schuon presents Buddhism not as an historical artifact of the past but as a living spiritual force. In describing the essentials of Buddhism, he frequently makes use of comparisons with other traditions, including Western religious thought. The rich and diverse world of Buddhist art--from its statuary to the tea ceremony--is a subject treated with particular importance. A valuable section on Shinto, the indigenous Japanese tradition of the "way of the gods," concludes the book. This revised edition, containing over 75 pages of new material, features a fully revised translation from the French original as well as previously unpublished selections from Schuon's letters and other private writings. Also included is an editor's preface, editor's notes, a glossary of foreign terms and phrases, an index, and biographical notes.

Product Details

World Wisdom Books
Publish Date
September 07, 2018
6.0 X 0.9 X 8.9 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) is best known as the foremost spokesman of the Perennial Philosophy. A gifted artist and poet as well as the author of over twenty books on religion, metaphysics, sacred art, and the spiritual path, Schuon's books have been translated into over a dozen languages and are respected by academic and religious authorities alike. Harry Oldmeadow was Coordinator of Philosophy and Religious Studies at La Trobe University Bendigo, Australia, until his recent retirement. He is a well-respected authority on the Perennialist school of comparative religion and the author of Frithjof Schuon and the Perennial Philosophy. He lives in Bendigo, Australia.


"[I]t gives a more powerful 'taste' of Buddhism than any other book by a Western author that I have read, while at the same time it never lets us forget what Buddhism has in common with other religions."--The Royal Asiatic Society
"[R]ecommended to all serious persons interested in Buddhism, as a unique contribution to its metaphysical definition."--The Eastern Buddhist
"[E]very reader interested in Buddhism from whatever angle will here find much that speaks to his condition."--Marco Pallis, author of Peaks and Lamas, A Buddhist Spectrum, and The Way and the Mountain
"Essentials of Buddhism [are] described with clarity, making use of comparisons with Western religious thought."--Kenneth K. Inada, author of Guide to Buddhist Philosophy
"Recommended for academic collections with an interest in comparative religion."--Library Journal
"Frithjof Schuon's demanding and comprehensive essays . . . explore Buddhism's spiritual system and analyze its 'messages' of renunciation, mystery, peace, and mercy."--Booklist
"[A] remarkable little book. . . ."--Perry Schmidt-Leukel, author of Transformation by Integration: How Inter-faith Encounter Changes Christianity
"Treasures of Buddhism is a . . . richly rewarding compilation, embellished by excerpts from previously unpublished correspondence--altogether indispensable to anyone seriously interested in the Buddhist tradition."--Harry Oldmeadow, author of Frithjof Schuon and the Perennial Philosophy