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A Resource On Frithjof Schuon's Life & Teachings
Video Clips:
Conversations with Frithjof Schuon


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“Conversations with Frithjof Schuon” – clip summaries

  1. “Frithjof Schuon (1907-1998) summarizes his essential philosophy” (2:56) In 1991, Swiss philosopher Frithjof Schuon met with a newspaper journalist for an extended interview conducted in English. This section of the interview covers Mr Schuon’s response to a request to summarize the most essential aspects of his philosophy. This is a very concise introduction to Frithjof Schuon’s philosophy and his resulting advice to spiritual seekers.
  2. “Frithjof Schuon speaks on the topic of Beauty” (1:00) Here, Schuon speaks about the metaphysical (i.e. divine) origin of manifested beauty, and the importance of beauty in our lives. He begins: “Man needs beauty and he needs also symbolism.” Schuon explains that although human beings may put themselves to study or think about metaphysics, they, as human beings, will also feel a need to assimilate it or to incorporate it into themselves at a non-discursive, deeper level.
  3. “Thoughts on Esoteric Islam” (0:39) Schuon discusses esoteric and exoteric Islam, a common theme in his writings.
  4. “American Indian Qualities” (3:14) Schuon speaks about the qualities he admires in the American Indian culture and spirituality. He frequently wrote about American Indian religion, culture, and society. Many of his paintings also portray the world of the American Indians of the pre-reservation days, always with an emphasis on capturing the Presence of the Great Spirit in the people, their lifeways, their art, and their place in Nature.
  5. “The Transcendent Unity of Religions” (2:14) Schuon explains what he means by “the transcendent unity of religions.” This was the title of his first major book, and has become a descriptive phrase widely used by scholars and other writers on religion and spirituality. Mr. Schuon also discusses what is meant by the term Religio Perennis.
  6. “Frithjof Schuon discusses his perspective on metaphysics and religion” (3:00) summarizes his perspective on metaphysics, the transcendent unity of religions, the meaning of religion, and the need for metaphysical truth.

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