If you want to get rich, here’s the one book to buy. Not the richness that comes from making a lot of money, but the richness of spirit that comes from living a full life. Hart exquisitely and movingly details what living well really means, the virtues involved, and the path to get there. It is a far-sighted book for our near-sighted times.
JEROME T. MURPHY
Howe Research Professor of Education
Dean emeritus Harvard Graduate School of Education
This luminous book reflects the highest state of realized humanity. To read it is to be guided forward into discovering the basis for our finest selves. Rarely has there been a book of such exquisite wisdom, such potent truth about the nature and practice of virtue." (I will send it to all my friends who are in political office!)
JEAN HOUSTON, Ph.D.
Author of The Wizard of Us
Into this historic time of excessive change, fragmentation, speed, and deep spiritual hunger, Tobin Hart meets us and invites us to come through the thicket and stop...to see who we are and where we are now as a human species. He leads us on a simple footpath to a summit where he shares his vision of transformation out of a lifetime of experience as teacher and healer. Step by step he then guides us into a clearing where he tells us stories that interweave insight and wisdom from sources Eastern and Western, psychological and spiritual, scientific and religious, ancient and modern along with practical ways for tapping into the current of our own deepest inner natures where we may find a new way. This remarkable book is a treasured gift for teachers, therapists, counselors and all those who wish to grow the soul.
Author of Recovering a Sense of the Sacred: Conversations with Thomas Berry
Founder of the Center for Education, Imagination, and the Natural World
This is a gem of a book. Drawing on his own rich life experiences, neuroscience and ancient wisdom traditions, Tobin Hart explores how we can cultivate capacities that allow us to be deeply connected to ourselves, to each other and to the world. And he offers practical ways to continue to both assess and nurture these capacities in ourselves.
PAMELA SEIGLE, Ph.D.
Courage & Renewal Northeast
We seem to be at a point in human history when mystical unitive understanding, which was once the esoteric experience of a few, is becoming present in a growing number of people. There is a new awakening to the potential of spiritual growth and to the flowering of human society that it can bring. In this beautifully written book Tobin Hart illuminates that path, skillfully applying his scholarship, experience, and insights to provide a vivid roadmap for the spiritual seeker.
PETER LAURENCE, Ed.D.
Education as Transformation
With this book, Tobin Hart is doing something audacious–offering us a guide to our deepest, most meaningful life–while, in his writing, embodying the virtues he identifies as key. For example, he writes beautifully about The Beautiful, offers truth about The True, is wise about Wisdom, and brings to the project a wide range of perspectives: from neuroscience to the world’s great prophets interspersed with his own personal stories and sagacity. This is a book to be savored. I’ll be reading sections of it over and over.
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, Ph.D.
Developer of the Internal Family Systems model of psychotherapy
President, Center for Self Leadership
A work of wide learning and deep reflection, The Four Virtues eloquently teaches what is most important to learn: the art of living a meaningful life.
PIR ZIA INAYAT-KHAN, Ph.D.
President of Sufi Order International,
Author of Saracen Chivalry: Counsels on Valor, Generosity,
and the Mystical Quest
Through personal insights, storytelling, and an inspiring presentation of wisdom and knowledge attained by respected thinkers, spiritual leaders, and scientists, Tobin Hart provides guidance for living life from a deeply integrated and authentic place within.
MICHAEL A. SINGER
Author of The Untethered Soul
The most remarkable aspect of this warm and inviting book is the incredible diversity of its references and the heart-centered quality of the writing. It is a wonderful example of how simplicity of expression can combine with complexity of thought and result in a remarkable depth of concern for the well-being and health of others. The author draws on a very wide range of sources, thinkers, and pioneer explorers whose experiences reflect the importance of distinct virtues in the development of mature human relationships. In reading about these virtues, we enter into a process of discovery, reflection and guided meditations meant to encourage a deepening embodiment of core values and a more evident expression of insight based in wisdom, compassion, and love. This is a very creative, helpful, and joyful book whose warmth and presence reflects unique and valuable insights into the human condition. Highly recommended!”
LEE IRWIN, Ph.D.
Professor of Religious Studies
College of Charleston
This miraculous book by Tobin Hart is a doorway into exploring one’s inner life. This book provides the reader with a welcome “roadmap” for discovering what may be just below the surface, but is often obscured by the busyness of our everyday existence. By traveling the path of the Four Virtues and using the practical strategies provided, Dr. Hart opens up a world for the reader to explore avenues for personal growth and transformation.
MARK T. GREENBERG, Ph.D.
Bennett Chair of Prevention Research
Penn State University
Four Virtues is a beautiful meditation on life's inner journey. Weaving around the themes of presence, heart, wisdom, and creation, the book helps us explore our deeper human potential and appreciate what it means to be truly human. The gentleness of the tone, the appreciation of life's beauty, and the clarity of self-awareness that permeate the entire book make the reading a truly inspiring experience.
THUPTEN JINPA, Ph.D.
Principal translator to the Dalai Lama and
Author of Essential Mind Training
Tobin Hart thoughtfully and accessibly engages the psychological and spiritual nuances of world wisdom to discern the essential elements and practices for a meaningful life well lived. What makes this book even more important is the author, a man of true gentleness and deep insight.
RICHARD C. BROWN, Ph.D.
Founder of Naropa University’s Contemplative Education Department
Tobin Hart’s book is a gentle and inclusive field guide to inner life that draws on a range of traditions to provide us with a thoughtful engagement of practices and personal disciplines for nurturing the spirit. It is a guide to ways to live more fully.
DANIEL SCOTT, Ph.D.
Director, School of Child & Youth Care, University of Victoria
With his contemporary culture references and conversational tone Tobin Hart provides an accessible, secular roadmap that synthesizes age old wisdom traditions. Like Tobin himself, this book is destined to help many people better understand the world from the inside out.
SUSAN KAISER GREENLAND, JD
Author of The Mindful Child
In this remarkable book, Tobin Hart applies ancient wisdom to the information age. Not only has he given his readers a psycho-spiritual matrix for internal growth but also has provided a road-map for finding their way through an external world of increasing complexity. At the very least, The Four Virtues is a fascinating document; at the very most it will change the lives of many those who read it and practice its exercises.