He died on December 30, 2016. Swami Satprakashananda, founder of the St. In 1947, before moving from Denver to St. Louis, The world’s religions pdf smith set out to meet with then-famous author Gerald Heard.
Heard made arrangements to have Smith meet the legendary author Aldous Huxley. Huxley at his desert home. Smith was told to look up Swami Satprakashananda of the Vedanta Society once he settled in St. This interest has become a continuing thread in all his writings. The group began experimenting with psychedelics and what Smith later called “empirical metaphysics”.
Smith took up the cause as a noted religion scholar. Supreme Court had decided lacks constitutional protection. Smith was a practicing Christian who credited his faith to his missionary parents who had “instilled in me a Christianity that was able to withstand the dominating secular culture of modernity. Watson Professor of Religion and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Philosophy until his retirement in 1983 and emeritus status. 5-part PBS special to Smith’s life and work, “The Wisdom of Faith with Huston Smith”. His films on Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Sufism have all won awards at international film festivals. In 1964, during a trip to India, Smith stayed in a Gyuto Tibetan Buddhist monastery.
During his visit he heard the monks chanting and realized that each individual was producing a chord, composed of a fundamental note and overtones. Smith has called this the singular empirical discovery of his career. Throughout his career, Smith made himself available to the communities where he resided. Toward the end of his life, while living in Berkeley, California, he participated in the Pacific Coast Theological Society at the Graduate Theological Union.
He also attended local churches, including Trinity United Methodist, First Congregational Church, and Epworth United Methodist. 2009 he co-convened “community conversations” at Epworth, during which he responded to questions about his life and work. For his lifelong commitment to bringing the world’s religions together to promote understanding, social justice and peace, Smith received the Courage of Conscience Award from the Peace Abbey in Sherborn, Massachusetts. Smith was named to be one of the first recipients of the Order of Universal Interfaith and Universal Order of Sannyasa’s Interfaith-Interspiritual Sage Award in January 2010. He received the award at his home on February 23, 2010. The Pacific Coast Theological Society celebrated “the lifetime of achievements of Professor Emeritus Huston Smith by considering the relationship between theology, mythology, and science” in a special session in 2012.