An Advanced Psychology of the East

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9781883536022: An Advanced Psychology of the East

A lecture by Idries Shah delivered before a live audience, plus teaching stories and narratives selected from The Way of the Sufi and The Magic Monastery

This is the first in a series of recordings of the work of Idries Shah. The two-tape set contains one of the only available live lectures by Shah given before an audience in the mid-1970s. Shah talks about the correct approach the student needs to take in order to learn as well as the characteristics that aid the student in his study of Sufism and those which are detrimental to it. He also outlines the duties, qualities, and attributes of the Sufi teacher and describes the “Five Subtleties,” or centers of spiritual perception the student has to experience in his development.

This set includes a recording of teaching stories and narratives from Shah’s best-selling works The Way of the Sufi and The Magic Monastery, selected and read by members of The London College of Storytellers.

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From the Inside Flap:

The work of Idries Shah was described in Psychology Today as "a major psychological and cultural event of our time" and rightly so. Sincle the publication of Shah's definitive work The Sufis in 1964 established its author as the foremost authority on contemporary Sufi teaching and its relevance in the workd today, people form all walks of life and throughout the world have acknowledged the extraordinary value of this literature.

With over 15 million books sold and 28 titles available in print in English alone, Shah's work continures to be used by people who search for greater understanding, clearer thinking, and a deeper meaning to their lives.

Now for the first time we are able to present tapes of lectures given in the mid-seventies by Idries Shah to a live audience. These are the only recordings available of Shah's lectures.

The second tape in this set will give you a taste of the Sufi teaching stories and narratives authored by Idries Shah and acknowledged by reviewers, writers, poets, scientists and others not only for their beauty and entertainment but for much, much more.

"For every decade we live we will find another meaning in each story." --Desmond Morris

"One is immediately forced to used one's mind in a new way." --New York Times

"....they change as you read them" --Doris Lessing

"... they re-stimulate the dream, by indicating real possibilities and practical alternatives to our present ways of operation; relevant and urgent for our present society." --New Society

"These stories present a blueprint of the human mental structure." --Robert Ornstein

About the Author:

As the urgency of our global situation becomes apparent, more and more readers are turning to the books of Idries Shah (1924-1996) as a way to train new capacities and new ways of thinking. Shah has been described as "the most significant worker adapting classical spiritual thought to the modern world." His lively, contemporary books have sold more than 15 million copies in 12 languages worldwide and have been awarded many prizes. They have been reviewed by The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Times, The Tribune, The Telegraph, and numerous other international journals and newspapers.

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