Jeffery Paine
Author’s note: Jeffery Paine is the author of Adventures with the Buddha (2005), Re-enchantment: Tibetan Buddhism Comes to the West (2004—named by Publishers Weekly a “best book” of the year), The Poetry of Our World (2000) and Father India (1998). He has written for most major national publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The New Republic, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, and The Wall St. Journal. He was the Literary Editor of the Wilson Quarterly and has been judge of the Pulitzer Prize and vice president of the National Book Critics Circle. He appears regularly on C-Span, NPR, and other radio and TV programs as well as speaking at venues like the Smithsonian, the Library of Congress, and ICA (London). He has taught or been guest professor at San Francisco State University, the Volksuniversiteit Amsterdam, University of Minnesota, the New School for Social Research, and Princeton University.

Paine has also co-written and/or edited The Huston Smith Reader (March 2012) and Huston Smith's memoir Tales of Wonder (see below). 

Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, an Autobiography  
by Huston Smith with Jeffery Paine

Huston Smith, the man who brought the world's religions to the West, was born almost a century ago to missionary parents in China during the perilous rise of the Communist Party. Smith's lifelong spiritual journey brought him face-to-face with many of the people who shaped the twentieth century. His extraordinary travels around the globe have taken him to the world's holiest places, where he has practiced religion with many of the great spiritual leaders of our time.

Smith's life is a story of uncanny synchronicity. He was there for pivotal moments in human history such as the founding of the United Nations and the student uprising at Tiananmen Square. As he traveled the world he encountered thinkers who shaped the twentieth century. He interviewed Eleanor Roosevelt on the radio; invited Martin Luther King Jr. to speak at an all-white university before the March on Washington; shared ideas with Thomas Merton on his last plane ride before Merton's death in Bangkok; and was rescued while lost in the Serengeti by Masai warriors who took him to the compound of world-renowned anthropologists Louis and Mary Leaky.

In search of intellectual and spiritual treasures, Smith traveled to India to meet with Mother Teresa and befriended the Dalai Lama; he studied Zen at the most challenging monastery in Japan; and he hitchhiked through the desert to meet Aldous Huxley, dropped acid with Timothy Leary, and took peyote with a Native American shaman. He climbed Mount Athos, traipsed through the Holy Land, and was the first to study multiphonic chanting by monks in Tibet, which he recorded with Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead. Most important, he shared the world's religions with the West—writing two bestselling books and serving as the focus of a five-part PBS television series by Bill Moyers.

Huston Smith is a national treasure. His life is an extraordinary adventure, and in his amazing Tales of Wonder, he invites you to come along to explore your own vistas of heart, mind, and soul.

About Father India: "I don't quite know how Jeffery Paine has done it - except by subtle and provocative genius - but FATHER INDIA is an utterly surprising and indispensable book ... Learned ... Lively ... It renders Jeffery Paine's vast knowledge intimately. FATHER INDIA is a splendid achievement." - Howard Norman, author of The Bird Artist


About Re-enchantment: Memorable anecdotes, great storytelling and keen observations mark this cogent exploration of the explosive growth of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. Paine offers chapters on many famous Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama (who, refreshingly, doesn't appear until nearly the end of the book), the pioneering Lama Yeshe, who first taught Westerners, and the controversial rogue playboy Chogyam Trungpa, Yeshe's character foil. Other chapters profile Westerners who discovered Tibetan Buddhism, like Tenzin Palmo (formerly a Cockney London girl named Diane Perry), who meditated alone for 12 years in an Indian cave and American lama Jetsunma (Catherine Burroughs), a much-married "tough bird from Brooklyn" who was the first Western woman to be recognized as a tulku (reincarnated Buddhist figure).  - Publishers Weekly