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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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PostPosted: May 9th, 2017, 7:15 pm 

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Hi all, bryanreynolds here. I'm Roman Catholic and I live in New England.

I'm an artist, specifically a musician & composer. I'm interested in arts, music, film, religion, and food.

I'm interested, inasmuch as is possible, in "baptising" surrealism and other modern styles, which is to say, re-evaluating modern artwork in light of tradition.

I am also interested in inspiring those modern artists who have a sense of craft to work with traditional symbolical language.

I've been reading traditionalist authors for a few years now. I'm not entirely convinced that, for instance, Guenon's views are compatible with Christianity, yet I find his thinking engaging and inspiring to my own thoughts. I'm looking forward to reading Jean Borella, who I've heard tries to reconcile some of the difficulties found between Guenon and Christianity.

I have some specific discussions to raise, relating to the compagnonnage and a claim made by Guenon about L.-C. de Saint-Martin. This forum seems like an excellent place to discuss these things.

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