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Our community is devoted to the discussion of Tradition, a term that has been most adequately defined by Seyyed Hossein Nasr as "truths or principles of a divine origin revealed or unveiled to mankind and, in fact, a whole cosmic sector through various figures envisaged as messengers, prophets, avataras, the Logos or other transmitting agencies, along with all the ramifications and applications of these principles in different realms including law and social structure, art, symbolism, the sciences, and embracing of course Supreme Knowledge along with the means for its attainment."

Topics for discussion include the orthodox doctrines, spiritual methods, and artistic forms of the worlds great religions, especially as they are represented in the Traditional School comprised of such authorities as Rene Guenon, Frithjof Schuon, Ananda Coomaraswamy, Marco Pallis, Titus Burckhardt, Martin Lings, Seyyed Hossein Nasr, William Chittick, Huston Smith, James Cutsinger and many others. Although these writers will serve as our primary focus, all traditional orthodox religions and philosophies are appropriate subjects for discussion. It is our hope that the encounter with the traditional perspective on this forum will allow participants to penetrate further into the depths of their respective traditions and enter into mutually supportive and enriching dialogue with the adherents of other religions.

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No unread posts God As Such

The first of these ways is founded upon the idea that man has access to God by his very nature — fallen or not — and that it is faith in "God as such" that saves. (Judaism, Islam, Sikhism)



August 26th, 2015, 11:43 am

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No unread posts God Become Man

The second of these ways — that of the Logos — is comparable to a boat which takes us to the other shore: God becomes man because we are men; He holds out His hand by assuming our own form. (Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity)



October 14th, 2016, 10:36 am

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No unread posts The World in God

The third of these ways integrates the earthly (spatial) with the omnipresent Celestial. It is based upon the knowledge that God is not in the world but the world is mysteriously plunged in God. (Shamanism, Taoism, Shinto)



September 14th, 2014, 5:04 pm

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