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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 The Traditional School

The equilibrium of the cosmos required a movement within the heart of contemporary men to rediscover the sacred at the very moment when the process of secularization seemed to be removing the presence of the sacred altogether from all aspects of human life. (Nasr)



March 28th, 2015, 9:33 pm

Philip View the latest post

No unread posts Orthodoxy and Universality

To be orthodox means to participate by way of a doctrine that can properly be called "traditional," in the immutability of the principles which govern the Universe and fashion our intelligence. (Schuon)



October 19th, 2015, 8:10 am

Brian View the latest post

No unread posts Splendor of the True

In the traditional philosophy, art has to do with cognition; Beauty is the attractive power of a perfect expression. This we can only judge and only really enjoy as an intelligible good if we know what it was that was to be expressed. (Coomaraswamy)



May 7th, 2015, 11:00 pm

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No unread posts The Reign of Quantity

The development of manifestation necessarily implies a gradually increasing movement away from the Principle. We are now within the Kali Yuga or dark age during which the primordial spirituality becomes more and more obscured. (Guenon)



July 28th, 2016, 8:56 pm

Zachary View the latest post

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