The Arc of Life: Huston Smith on Life, Death and Beyond

  • The Arc of Life - DVD

Huston Smith interviewed by
Ken Dychtwald

Life, aging to death and the beyond, with humor.

  • 1 hour 20 minutes, US DVD
  • (available to the trade)

How do we face our own mortality near the end of life.  In the west, we hide death...the emphasis is on the body. In other cultures we see an emphasis on the social and psychological aspects of dying.

Huston Smith, author of The World's Religions, at the time in his nineties, faced his own mortality with a notably peaceful attitude.


Huston Smith ends the arc of his life with kindness and wisdom that is both ordinary and extraordinary. His interview with Ken Dychtwald inspires this writer to approach the final chapters with less fear and more hope.  -- Don Lattin, author of The Harvard Psychedelic Club -- How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America. 

"The Arc of Life DVD is a magnificent contribution to understanding of Huston Smith and his work." 

-Harry R. Moody, Ph.D., Director of Academic Affairs, AARP

"I loved this interview with Huston better than any I've heard or seen in ten or fifteen years.  I found Ken Dychtwald's questions so clever, in that they solicited from Huston aspects of his philosophy that I had never heard before!  I found myself thinking, 'why didn't I ever ask him that?'  Of course, the answer is that Ken is a more astute interviewer, and possessed of an incredible knowledge on the subject at hand."   -Dana Sawyer, author Aldous Huxley: A Biography and 
Huston Smith: Wisdom Keeper.

When we worked together on his memoir Tales of Wonder, I marveled at the great “book” Huston was composing on aging--not by writing but by living it. So successfully was he overcoming aging’s frailties and hardship that he hardly noticed he was doing it, much less that he should write about it. Now, in conversation with Ken Dychtwald, Huston lets us eavesdrop through the window and take heart and be undaunted by what is to come. The DVD is called The Arc of Life but it could easily bear the subtitle: How to Grow Old and Remain Forever Young.

 Jeffery Paine, co-author with Huston Smith, Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, author of Re-enchantment: Tibetan Buddhism Comes to the West & Father India

In this trailer, we see Houston summarize the point of all the religions of the world in a simple, one minute metaphor.

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