Huston Smith

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Biographical Information

"Huston Smith is Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, Syracuse University. For fifteen years he was Professor of Philosophy at M.I.T. and for a decade before that he taught at Washington University in St. Louis. Most recently he has served as Visiting Professor of Religious Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

"Holder of twelve honorary degrees, Dr. Smith’s fourteen books include The World’s Religions which has sold over 2 ½ million copies, and Why Religion Matters which won the Wilbur Award for the best book on religion published in 2001. In 1996 Bill Moyers devoted a 5-part PBS Special, "The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith", to his life and work. His film documentaries on Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Sufism have all won International awards, and The Journal of Ethnomusicology lauded his discovery of Tibetan multiphonic chanting* as “an important landmark in the study of music."

"For over half a century, Huston Smith has built bridges of understanding between faith traditions with his depth of scholarship, commitment to education, spiritual inquiry, and his generous spirit. His book, The Illustrated World’s Religions, illuminates some of the core teachings of the world’s religions, as well as the threads that unite them, offering clear access to faiths and cultures across our planet, and creating avenues for in' [1] terfaith dialogue. Dr. Smith’s life and work has been instrumental in establishing pathways of peace across the sectarian divisions that divide our world.

Related Articles

  • Richard K. Payne, "Traditionalist Representations of Buddhism," Pacific World, Third Series, no. 10 (Fall 2008), pp. 177-223. [2]


  • Setareh Houman, De la philosophia perennis au pérennialisme américain (Milan: Archè, 2010).

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  1. Council, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, accessed November 14, 2011.
  2. Albert Hoffman Foundation Board, organizational web page, accessed July 14, 2013.
  3. Foundation for Traditional Studies Home, organizational web page, accessed July 1, 2012.
  4. Journal of Consciousness Studies [1], organizational web page, accessed June 1, 2013.