The Black Pearl

The Black Pearl

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Paper Spiritual Illumination in Sufism and East Asian Philosophies

Henry Bayman

US $16.95 /CAN $20.50

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.

Subjects include:

• 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, The Secret of Islam: Love and Law in the Religion of Ethics, The Black Pearl: Spiritual Illumination In Sufism And East Asian Philosophies, and The Teachings of a Perfect Master: An Islamic Saint for the Third Millennium. Henry Bayman introduced through his writings, one of his spiritual teacher in the Sufi Path, Ahmet Kayhan (1898 - August 3, 1998) whom he calls "Grand Master of Sufism."

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