The Mystic Heart

Wayne Teasdale

This book, along with Answering the Contemplative Call below, is one of the most important influences on my interspiritual views. Coming from a heavy Christian background, I also always had the intuition that all religions might lead to the same transcendent presence (God). Wayne Teasdale taught me why that is true.

With the foreword written by the Dalai Lama, Wayne presents a complete argument for why the mystical traditions of Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism and all other traditions, all offer similar paths to the same end result: Experiencing spiritual transcendence.

My oh my, if that truth really took hold in the world, how much more united and peaceful we could be. Religious bigotry and conflict could be a thing of the past.

If you’re curious about how all the world’s ancient traditions help humanity access our deepest wisdom, you won’t regret checking it out!

Answering the Contemplative Call

Carl McColman

Another one of my recommended books for all Christians, Carl McColman outlines the ancient contemplative roots of Christianity, from Jesus to Teresa of Avila to Thomas Merton. Once we understand the history and practices of true Christian spirituality (through silence and solitude), we can then easily see how those practices are the same as other traditions.

One River, Many Wells

Matthew Fox

If you’re looking at a scholarly work on the tenets of interfaith spirituality / interspirituality, this is it. The depth and breadth of wisdom that Fox put together is pretty astounding. You will be encouraged and enriched in your knowledge of the power in the world’s ancient spiritual traditions.

Perennial Philosophy

Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley is also the author the classic dystopian novel, Brave New World. Perennial Philosophy is like a more condensed version of Fox’s book above. The quotes and connections he draws between traditions is amazing, and his own commentary is highly quotable in itself.

“We can attain to the unitive knowledge of God, only when we permit God’s kingdom to come by making our own creaturely kingdom go.”

Aldous Huxley

A New Earth

Eckhart Tolle

Lesser known than The Power of Now, but equally powerful, especially in the context of religious unity and creating a human future free of conflict and suffering. He makes quite a few connections between different spiritual traditions, and would make a beautiful addition to your interspiritual bookshelf.

Becoming All Light

Jory Pryor

I’m proud to know Jory and this work is, dare I say, a magnum opus. He comes from a Christian background as well, and has since become one of the most knowledgeable scholars of Indian philosophy that I know of. If you want to know the deep contemplative root of Christianity and how it connects to rigorous Indian / Hindu / Vedanta scholarship, check it out. Also you might want to follow him on Instagram.

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