Seven insightful perspectives on meditation in Christianity are offered in this collection of essays written by both Easterners and Westerners.
Discover little-known information on major issues in Christian meditation such as Christ's teachings on it, the role of meditation in Christian monasticism, and the concept of prayer in Christian meditation. Those who wish to practice meditation and maintain an active Christian affiliation will find ample reassurance that the two traditions are compatible and complementary.
Publisher: Himalayan Institute
Copyright: 1983, Current printing 2011
5.5" x 8.5"
Spirituality / Eastern & Western Philosophy
Swami Rama was one of the greatest adepts, teachers, writers, and humanitarians of the 20th century, and founder of the Himalayan Institute. His best-known work, Living with the Himalayan Masters, reveals the many facets of the singular adept and demonstrates his embodiment of the living tradition of the East.
The Reverend Lawrence Bouldin was a minister of the United Methodist Church and taught religious studies, philosophy, and ethics at Kendall College and taught religious studies, philosophy, and ethics at Kendall College and North Central College.
Justin O'Brien, D Th, has taught at Loyola University of Chicago and has lectured at several other colleges.
Father William Teska was a chaplain at the University of Minnesota Episcopal Center.
Arpita, PhD, is a psychologist and the author of Psychology of the Beatitudes.
Sister Francis Borgia Rothluebber, former Mother General, School Sisters of St. Francis, was also past president of the National Catholic Reporter and a leading author on religious life.
Pandit Usharbudh Arya, D Litt, author of several books on meditation, is a former professor of Sanskrit and Indian religions at the University of Minnesota and a recipient of its Distinguished Teacher's Award.
More on Mediation in Christianity
From the Introduction:
Our reason for selecting the articles to be included have been fourfold:
First, we have attempted to present a view of the relationship of Christianity to other Eastern traditions in which there is a dominant emphasis on meditation.
Second, to examine the basis for meditation within the Bible itself. There has been a continuous though often suppressed, tradition within the church that has found in the scriptures an esoteric guide to the practice of meditation as well as a source of hidden wisdom that becomes more fully apparent to aspirants as they progress along the spiritual path.
A third reason is to trace the history of a significant meditative tradition within the church --a tradition that has spanned many centuries.
And finally, the present volume includes a discussion of some of the obstacles that stand in the way of successful meditation. Some of these are personal and require a change in the style and values of one's life; others are rooted in the narrowness of sectarianism and dogmatism in religion.
Meditation thus gives us a hype for a future of peace on earth and for the attainment of brotherhood among men, for through meditation one rediscovers the essential unity of purpose that underlies the many approaches to realization of God.