The contemplative tradition in Christianity traces its origins back to Jesus himself, who frequently withdrew to quiet places to pray, and it has nourished and challenged disciples in every generation since.Journey to the Heart is an in ...
Author: Kim Nataraja
Publisher: Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd
The contemplative tradition in Christianity traces its origins back to Jesus himself, who frequently withdrew to quiet places to pray, and it has nourished and challenged disciples in every generation since.Journey to the Heart is an in-depth and richly illustrated exploration of Christian spirituality by some of today's leading spiritual writers. From New Testament times to the present day, it reveals the life and teachings of the greatest Christian mystics including: · Jesus, St John and St Paul· The Early Church Fathers – Clement, Origen, Gregory of Nyssa· Desert Mothers and Fathers · the Monastics – Benedict, Francis· the early English mystics – Julian of Norwich, Marjorie Kemp and Walter Hilton· the European tradition – St John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Meister Eckhart · the poets – Traherne, George Herbert· modern day mystics – Merton, Bede Griffiths, John Main
Author: Ann Denham & Gert WilkinsonPublish On: 2009-02-27
ACS PROJECTS References have been made to both the “Summer Program” as well as the Contemplative Review. The following goes into more detail about both of ...
Author: Ann Denham & Gert Wilkinson
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
CLOISTER OF THE HEART tells the story of the Association of Contemplative Sisters: its gestation, its inception in 1969, and what has transpired since then. In those forty years ACS has developed from an organization which served only monastic communities into an Association of women, both religious and lay, who live in a diversity of ways a life of prayer. Its three sections include a narrative history, followed by eleven essays written by individual members, describing their experience of ACS. It concludes with an appendix of important data.
What is needed to apprehend the presence of spirit is contemplative seeing. Contemplative vision requires a seeing with the eyes of the heart (“heart, ...
Author: Maria R. Lichtmann
Publisher: Princeton University Press
In 1989, the centenary of his death, Gerard Manley Hopkins continues to provoke fundamental questions among scholars: what major poetic strategy informs his work and how did his reflections on the nature of poetry affect his writing? While form meant a great deal to Hopkins, it was never mere form. Maria Lichtmann demonstrates that the poet, a student of Scripture all his life, adopted Scripture's predominant form--parallelism--as his own major poetic strategy. Hopkins saw that parallelism struck deep into the heart and soul, tapping into unconscious rhythms and bringing about a healing response that he identified as contemplation. Parallelism was to him the perfect statement of the integrity of outward form and inner meaning. Other critics have seen the parallelism in Hopkins's poems only on the auditory level of alliterations and assonances. Lichtmann, however, builds on the views held by Hopkins himself, who spoke of a parallelism of words and of thought engendered by the parallelism of sound. She distinguishes the integrating Parmenidean parallelisms of resemblance from the disintegrating Heraclitean parallelisms of antithesis. The tension between Parmenidean unity and Heraclitean variety is resolved only in the wordless communion of contemplation. This emphasis on contemplation offers a corrective to the overly emphasized Ignatian interpretation of Hopkins's poetry as meditative poetry. The book also makes clear that Hopkins's preference for contemplation sharply differentiates him from his Romantic predecessors as well as from the structuralists who now claim him. Originally published in 1989. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.
A beautiful new gift edition of this classic work of spirituality, complete with ribbon marker.This book is designed to initiate the reader into a deep, living relationship with God.
Author: Thomas Keating
Publisher: A&C Black
A beautiful new gift edition of this classic work of spirituality, complete with ribbon marker.This book is designed to initiate the reader into a deep, living relationship with God. Written by an acknowledged spiritual master, the book moves beyond "discursive meditation and particular acts to the intuitive level of contemplation." Keating gives an overview of the history of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition, and step-by-step guidance in the method of centering prayer. Special attention is paid to the role of the Sacred Word, Christian growth and transformation, and active prayer. The book ends with an explicit treatment of the contemplative dimension of the gospel.
" In this text, the contemplative traditions of East and West intersect to invite readers into prayer that makes them "present to the Spirit who is already present to us."
Author: Cyprian Consiglio
Publisher: Liturgical Press
Prayer is an art that cannot just be taught. It must be experienced, lived, and practiced. In Prayer in the Cave of the Heart, Cyprian Consiglio draws on his experience as a Camaldolese monk to give readers an accessible reflection on prayer that is based on Bede Griffith's universal call to contemplation." In this text, the contemplative traditions of East and West intersect to invite readers into prayer that makes them "present to the Spirit who is already present to us."
Dog-eared, tattered, underlined copies are found on the bookshelves of spiritual searchers everywhere. Now this 40th Anniversary edition brings this classic to a whole new generation.
Author: James Finley
As a young man of eighteen, James Finley left home for an unlikely destination: the Abbey of Gethsemani, where Thomas Merton lived as a contemplative. Finley stayed at the monastery for six maturing years and later wrote this book in order to share with his readers a taste of what he had learned on his spiritual journey under the guidance of one of the great religious figures of our day. At the heart of the quest for spiritual identity are Thomas Merton's illuminating insights--leading from an awareness of the false and illusory self to a realization of the true self.For over forty years Merton's Palace of Nowhere has been the standard for exploring, reflecting on, and understanding this rich vein of Merton's thought. Dog-eared, tattered, underlined copies are found on the bookshelves of spiritual searchers everywhere. Now this 40th Anniversary edition brings this classic to a whole new generation.
To Ba ya, the heart represents concentration and inwardness, but it is also the seat of reason. The Duties of the Heart are rationally verifiable, ...
Author: Adena Tanenbaum
During the eleventh and twelfth centuries, Andalusian Jewish poets introduced philosophical theories into their devotional verse. This study explores the impact of their rich intellectual and cultural life on their Hebrew poems devoted to the soul.
No effort, however small, is lost. Devotional japa of scripture fires up our heart with love for God. Silent, loving contemplation upon the chosen verse ...
Author: Prabuddha Bharata Compilation
Publisher: Advaita Ashrama (A publication branch of Ramakrishna Math, Belur Math)
Originally published as January 2007 issue of the Prabuddha Bharata, this book aims to give its readers an overview of contemplative practices in different religions and traditions. Contents: Introduction Swami Satyaswarupananda The Contemplative Life Swami Atmasthananda Contemplation in an Active World Swami Smaranananda The Contemplative Tradition in the Ramakrishna Order Swami Prabhananda All-inclusive View of the Vedic Seers Swami Tattwavidananda Contemplation on Om, the Gāyatrī, and the Mahāvākyas Swami Mukhyananda Contemplation in the Upanishads Swami Atmajnananda Meditation and the Way of Yoga Swami Adiswarananda Preparations for the Contemplative Life Swami Gokulananda Japa: Instrument of Love for God’s Name Swami Tathagatananda Prayer in Contemplative Life Swami Amarananda Worship and Contemplation Swami Sarvadevananda Meditation and Reflection on the Divine Play: Lilā Chintana and Lilā Dhyāna Swami Atmajnanananda Obstacles in Contemplative life Swami Brahmeshananda Fruits of Contemplation: Some Reflections Swami Bhaskarananda The Vaishnava Contemplative Tradition Swami Purnananda The Śākta Contemplative Tradition Swami Vimalatmananda Contemplative Practices in Śaivism Swami Tadananda The Jain Contemplative Tradition Acharya Mahaprajna Contemplating the Theravāda Tradition Ajahn Amaro The Heart of Mahāyāna Buddhist Practice in the West Rev. Heng Sure Knowledge, Love, and Union: A Glimpse into the Christian Contemplative Tradition Father Paul of Jesus Contemplative Spirituality in Islam Maulana Wahiduddin Khan Some Thoughts on the Contemplative Life Vimala Thakar The Contemplative Mind Prof. Somnath Bhattacharyya The Neurophysiological and Psychoneural Aspects of Meditative Practices Dr S Sulekha, Dr P N Ravindra, Dr T R Raju, and Dr Bindu Kutty The Contemplative Life and Psychopathology Dr Alan Roland
... 2005), Uncovering the Heart of Higher Education (San Francisco, 2007), Mindful Learners: The Uses of Contemplative Practice in the Classroom (CUNY, ...
Author: Olen Gunnlaugson
Publisher: SUNY Press
A wide-ranging consideration of the emerging field of contemplative education. Contemplative approaches to higher education have been gaining in popularity and application across a wide range of disciplines. Spurring conferences, a growing body of literature, and several academic programs or centers, these approaches promise to contribute significantly to higher education in the years to come. This volume provides an overview of the current landscape of contemplative instruction, pedagogy, philosophy, and curriculum from the perspectives of leading researchers and scholar-practitioners. Contributors come from a variety of disciplines, including education, management and leadership studies, humanities, social sciences, the arts, and information science. Drawing on diverse contexts, the essays reveal the applicability of contemplative studies as a watershed field, capable of informing, enriching, and sustaining the many disciplines and instructional contexts that comprise higher education. Chapters discuss the theoretical aspects of the field; the details, experiences, and challenges of contemplative approaches; and the hopes and concerns for the future of this field.
lies at the heart of spirituality. Longing for God is an expression of love for God; compassion is an expression of love for neighbor; and contrition, ...
Author: Carl McColman
Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing
The mystical path is not some sort of static experience for the select few, says Carl McColman, rather, it is a living tradition, a rich and many-layered dimension of spirituality that is in large measure a quest to find the mysteries at the heart of the universe, paradoxically nestled within the heart of your own soul. McColman first introduced readers to Christianity’s lost mystical roots in his popular book, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. Now McColman is back with Answering the Contemplative Call, to show readers how to apply the riches of the mystical tradition to daily living. This book is organized in three sections: “Recognizing the Call,” Explores how each one of us is called to the mystical life, and what that might look like. “Preparing for the Journey,” shows what we need to do in response to the contemplative call. “Embarking on the Adventure” considers what those first steps on the path might look like. Along the way McColman quotes from the great mystics of the Christian tradition who have also traveled this path, including Teresa of Avila, Thomas Merton, Evelyn Underhill and more. In Answering the Contemplative Call, McColman offers a practice that will help readers come to a place meaning and purpose in their lives.
Throughout this study I have translated the Chinese term xin as “mind” rather than “heart” or some combination of the two. To translate xin as “heart,” ...
Author: Harold D. Roth
Publisher: SUNY Press
Brings early Daoist writings into conversation with contemporary contemplative studies. In The Contemplative Foundations of Classical Daoism, Harold D. Roth explores the origins and nature of the Daoist tradition, arguing that its creators and innovators were not abstract philosophers but, rather, mystics engaged in self-exploration and self-cultivation, which in turn provided the insights embodied in such famed works as the Daodejing and Zhuangzi. In this compilation of essays and chapters representing nearly thirty years of scholarship, Roth examines the historical and intellectual origins of Daoism and demonstrates how this distinctive philosophy emerged directly from practices that were essentially contemplative in nature. In the first part of the book, Roth applies text-critical methods to derive the hidden contemplative dimensions of classical Daoism. In the second part, he applies a “contemplative hermeneutic” to explore the relationship between contemplative practices and classical Daoist philosophy and, in so doing, brings early Daoist writings into conversation with contemporary contemplative studies. To this he adds an introduction in which he reflects on the arc and influence on the field of early Chinese thought of this rich vein of scholarship. The Contemplative Foundations of Classical Daoism brings to fruition the cumulative investigations and observations of a leading figure in the emerging field of contemplative studies as they pertain to a core component of early Chinese thought. Harold D. Roth is Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies and the Founder and Director of the Contemplative Studies Program at Brown University. His books include The Textual History of the Huai-nan Tzu; Original Tao: Inward Training (Nei-yeh) and the Foundations of Taoist Mysticism; Daoist Identity: History, Lineage, and Ritual (coedited with Livia Kohn); The Huainanzi: A Guide to the Theory and Practice of Government in Early Han China and The Essential Huainanzi (cotranslated and edited with John S. Major, Sarah A. Queen, and Andrew Seth Meyer).
The process of reflecting, evaluating and discerning does not come about merely by the activity of the mind; the heart must be involved.
Author: Joseph H. Nguyen
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Spiritual practitioners and experts across religious traditions are convinced that contemplation cultivates an awareness of the deeper desires of the human heart. But many will ask: does contemplation still exist? If one has been led to believe that there indeed exists the art of contemplation, one will still perhaps wonder what it is and whether or not it is still relevant and applicable today. For many, the term “contemplation” itself perhaps connotes a sense of an exotic practice from a distant past unrelated and impractical to the contemporary life. In this book the author explores the nature and functions of Christian contemplation and offers the reader a wide variety of contemplative prayer methods that can help cultivate an awareness of the spiritual dimension of the human life. The author argues that Christian contemplation is the work of the Holy Spirit. While drawing upon a variety of Christian traditions, the author bases his discussion on the Jesuit tradition of prayer, discernment, and spiritual growth as revealed in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
Author: Christine Valters PaintnerPublish On: 2013-03-25
In this first book to explore photography as a spiritual practice from a Christian perspective, Christine Valters Paintner builds on the process of contemplative creativity she introduced online at Abbey of the Arts and in her book The ...
Author: Christine Valters Paintner
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
In this first book to explore photography as a spiritual practice from a Christian perspective, Christine Valters Paintner builds on the process of contemplative creativity she introduced online at Abbey of the Arts and in her book The Artist's Rule. She considers how a camera can help readers open "the eyes of the heart." More than a book on photographic technique, Eyes of the Heart is about cultivating photography as a spiritual practice. Adapting the monastic practice of lectio divina (sacred reading) into a form of visio divina (sacred seeing), spiritual director and Benedictine oblate Christine Valters Paintner invites readers to a new way of viewing the world--through the lens of a camera. Paintner guides readers through six themes connecting the medium of photography with the Christian spiritual life. Each theme provides a photographic journey in which the reader does not simply take images, but receives images and learns to see with "the eyes of the heart" (Eph 1:18). Photos by the author are included.