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"The Black Pearl is the third book by Henry Bayman. I would like to
describe it as the apex of a triangle and the other two points or corners
as the two books which precede The Black Pearl (The Station Of
No Station and The Secret Of Islam: Love And Law In The Religion Of
"Wherever you turn,
there is the face of God."
"What is in the universe—
"O God, the pinnacle of knowing
"There is nowhere
"The ten thousand things
"The further one travels
This sparkling book shows, as never before, how the highest metaphysical reaches of East Asian philosophies are scaled by contemplative Islam. Combining insightful analysis and personal reflection, Henry Bayman explores the mystical dimensions of Sufism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zen and Confucianism. He delves into the striking parallels and seemingly irreconcilable differences in their conceptions of Absolute Reality: God, the Tao, Buddha-nature, the One. Bayman shows how each system of thought can illuminate the inner meaning of the others. Most importantly, he shows us how we, ourselves, can approach the divine.
· Enlightenment And Gnosis, Buddhahood and Prophethood
· Esoteric secrets of the Japanese Tea Ceremony
· God in Eastern philosophies such as Buddhism and Taoism
· God in the I Ching
· Self-cultivation in Sufism, Buddhism and Taoism
· Life after death
· Nirvana and God
· The Koran, The Tao Te Ching, The I Ching, The Secret of the Golden Flower
Henry Bayman is an independent scholar living in Turkey who has spent twenty-five years studying with the Masters of Wisdom of Central Anatolia. He is the author of The Station of No Station, a study of Sufism and Islam as they relate to contemporary issues and The Secret of Islam: Love and Law in the Religion of Ethics.