Patrick Laude

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Patrick Laude is a scholar, author and teacher. His works deal with the relationship between mysticism, symbolism and poetry, as well as focusing on contemporary spiritual figures such as Simone Weil, Louis Massignon and Frithjof Schuon.


Born in France in 1958, he took a graduate degree in philosophy at the University of Paris IV Sorbonne while studying at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He came to the US in the early eighties and obtained his Ph.D. in 1985 from Indiana University.[1] He joined Georgetown University in 1991. Laude's scholarly work is primarily focused on comparative mysticism, the symbolic imagination in religion and literature, and Western interpretations of Asian contemplative traditions. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on these subjects.[2][3][4]


  • Keys to the Beyond: Frithjof Schuon's Cross-Traditional Language of Transcendence (SUNY Press, 2020) ISBN 978-143847899-9
  • Shimmering Mirrors: Reality and Appearance in Contemplative Metaphysics East and West (SUNY Press, 2017), ISBN 978-143846681-1
  • Louis Massignon: The Vow and the Oath (Matheson Trust, 2011), ISBN 978-190809206-9
  • Pathways to an Inner Islam: Massignon, Corbin, Guénon and Schuon (SUNY Press, 2010), ISBN 978-143842955-7
  • Pray Without Ceasing: The Way of the Invocation in World Religions (World Wisdom, 2006), ISBN 978-193331614-7
  • Divine Play, Sacred Laughter, and Spiritual Understanding (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)), ISBN 978-140397015-2[5]
  • Singing the Way: Insights into Poetry & Spiritual Transformation (World Wisdom, 2005), ISBN 978-094153274-7[6]
  • Frithjof Schuon: Life and Teachings (SUNY Press, 2004), ISBN 978-079146206-5, ISBN 0-7914-6205-6[7]
  • Music of the Sky: An Anthology of Spiritual Poetry (World Wisdom, 2004), ISBN 978-128293706-2[8]
  • The Way of Poetry: Essays on Poetics and Contemplative Transformation, SUNY, 2002)[9]
  • Apocalypse des religions (L'Harmattan, 2016), ISBN 978-234309129-7
  • Massignon intérieur (L'Age d'Homme, Paris-Lausanne, 2001) ISBN 2-8251-1488-X
  • Dossier H Frithjof Schuon (L'Age d'Homme, Paris-Lausanne, 2001), ISBN 2-8251-1458-8
  • Approches du Quiétisme (Biblio 17, Tübingen, 1991)[10]
  • Rodenbach, les décors de silence : essai sur la poésie de Georges Rodenbach, (Labor, Bruxelles, 1990), ISBN 978-280400533-7


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