Does anyone know of a good English translation of Etz Chayim by the Arizal?

  • Do you have any reason to suspect this exists?
    – Double AA
    Commented Feb 22, 2015 at 16:47
  • I found one book from Amazon.com on the palace of Adam kadmon, link below. There is also the translation of shaar hagilgulim no chabads website. But the full etz chaim i havent seen anywhere.amazon.com/Tree-Life-Chayyim-Introduction-Kabbalah/dp/…
    – Levi
    Commented Feb 22, 2015 at 18:21

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You can purchase an English version of the sefer here. It also includes some explanation of difficult passages and a clear introduction introducing the basics of kabbalah.

I am not certain if it contains everything that is in the original Sefer Etz Chayim by Chayim Vital, but it is a good start nonetheless. I have read the book, but I have never read the original ספר עץ חיים so I cannot vouch for its accuracy in that regard.

  • Did you understand anything? Ever since, have you learn the sefer Etz Chaim? Commented Mar 2, 2021 at 6:39
  • @FalseMessiah I have since learned some of Sefer Eitz Chayim but I don't profess to be an expert :)
    – ezra
    Commented Mar 2, 2021 at 8:10

An English translations page for the Arizal's works has been started at Wikisource. As of Mar. 2021 there is just a little, but if everyone learning contributed a bit at a time (or if someone contributed a lot at once) ...

Sefaria has Chapter names in English, and some sections have summaries or notes as of Mar. 2021:

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