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Author Name    Bucke, Richard Maurice; Thomas Merton, et al.

Title   R. M. BUCKE Memorial Society Newsletter - Review [10 issues, plus conference publications]

Binding   Softcover

Book Condition   Very Good

Size   4to.

Publisher   Montreal R.M. Bucke Memorial Society for the study of religious experience

Seller ID   Books007306

A considerable trove of material from the R.M. Bucke Memorial Society for the study of religious experience ~ addressing many aspects of "Cosmic Consciousness". 14 items in all. 1. One leaf "McGill News Flashback" article; Feb, 1965. Double sided, with photo of Richard Maurice Bucke in Walt Whitman attire at Muskoka, Ontario. 2. Ten issues of the Memorial Society Newsletter - Review. Lacking Vol. I, No. 2; else a complete run. Cutting-edge articles by world renowned scholars on aspects of, for example,: transcendental and mystical experiences, Emerson, Sufi, tantric, Jewish, Christian, Taoist, Buddhist approaches, psychoanalysis, monasticism, mentoring, views of self; and so forth. Vol. I, No. 1: Jan. 1966. 16 pages, titled (only) NEWSLETTER. Final leaf verso nibbled along left margin by silverfish obliterating the initial letter of some lines. Vol. II, No. 1, April 1967. 25 pages. Chip to upper right front cover. Vol. II, No. 2, Autumn 1967. 41 pages. Vol. III, No. 1, Spring 1968. 32 pages. Vol. III, No. 2, Autumn 1968. 31 pages. Vol. IV, No. 1 and 2, Spring 1971. 63 pages. Vol. V, No. 1 and 2, Spring 1972. 67 pages. Vol. VI, No. 1 and 2, Spring 1973. 76 pages. Vol. VII, No. 1 and 2, Spring 1974. 92 pages. Vol. VIII, No. 1 and 2, Spring 1976. 92 pages. 3. The R. M. Bucke Memorial Society for the study of religious experience conference on Personality Change and Religious Experience: Proceedings of the first annual conference, Jan. 15-16, 1965 at the Quaker Meeting House, Montreal Canada. iii, 86 pages [i.e. leaves printed recto only]. 4. The R. M. Bucke Memorial Society for the study of religious experience second annual conference. Prospectus: 4 leaves, the third of which is blank. 5. The R. M. Bucke Memorial Society for the study of religious experience: Do Psychedelics Have Religious Implications? : Proceedings of the third annual conference, Oct. 14-15, 1967 Notre Dame Retreat House, Pierrefonds Quebec. vii, 81 pages [i.e. leaves printed recto only]. Bindings are sound; contents clean and unmarked. For the Thomas Merton connection - he contributed essays (or granted permission) to 2 early Newsletters and the 1973 issue includes a 16 page memoir - see his correspondence with Linda (Parsons) Sabbath in Hidden Ground of Love. Richard Maurice Bucke was born 1837. "He became one of the foremost alienists in America. His appointment as Superintendent of the Provincial Asylum for the Insane at Hamilton, Ontario, and later Professor of Mental and Nervous Diseases at Western University, London, Ontario, provided opportunity for extensive research in a field practically untouched. He became President of the Psychological Section of the British Medical Association and served, also, as President of the American Medico-Psychological Association. He was an original fellow of the Royal Society of Canada." {Beatrice E. Treat, F. R. C.: The Rosicrucian Digest, Nov. 1961}. Bucke and Walt Whitman met for the first time in 1877; each had a high opinion of the other. Bucke described their first meeting in the introduction to his edition of Whitman's "Calamus" (Small Maynard, Boston, 1897) as "a sort of spiritual intoxication" and "the turning-point of my life". For his part, Whitman, who was treated by his friend Bucke, credited him with saving his life and appointed him one of his literary executors. As recorded by Horace Traubel Whitman noted: "someone was here the other day and complained that the Doctor was extreme. The sun's extreme, too; and as for me - ain't I extreme?" and "It's beautiful to watch him at his work - to see how he can handle difficult people with such an easy manner" and "Bucke is a man who enjoys being busy ... is swift of execution, lucid, sure, decisive".

Walt Whitman

Price = 390.00 CDN


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