Seven Books on Christianity and Nondualism

My friend Ellen recently asked me on Facebook to define nondualism for her. I referred her to a post I wrote on the subject last summer called Nonduality in the Bible... and Us. Not much to add to that post, but I though I'd offer a short list of books that explore nonduality within a Christian context. These books  come from a variety of perspectives, so read with a thinking mind and a discerning heart. Richard Rohr, The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See — Probably the single … [Read more...]

One Great Mystic Speaks of Another

Here is a video worth watching: an interview from 2007 in which Raimon Panikkar speaks about his knowledge of, and friendship with, the great Benedictine contemplative, Abhishiktananda. Panikkar was 88 years old when this video was filmed, and it's a bit difficult to watch because his breathing was labored. But his mind was as sharp as a tack. … [Read more...]

75 Books for Buddhist-Christian Dialogue

Are you interested in exploring the richness of dialogue and interspiritual practice between Christianity and Buddhism? If so, then here's enough literature to keep you going for a while. Each of the seventy-five books on the following list has some sort of connection with both Christianity and Buddhism. Some of these titles are academic studies, some the writings of monastics, others geared toward the laity. Some are books by Christians about Buddhism, or by Buddhists about interfaith … [Read more...]

Nine reasons why I enjoyed “The Hobbit”

I took the day off today, and caught the morning showing of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at my local theater (where you can get in for five bucks at shows before 11 AM). I've been nervous about this film, not sure it could possibly live up to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, even with Peter Jackson and his team in charge. The last Peter Jackson film I saw was King Kong, which was awful primarily because it was excessively overlong. So you can imagine my fear at The Hobbit – a lighthearted … [Read more...]

A shout out to Evelyn Underhill and her wonderful book

Over the next few weeks or so I'll be posting four new videos on Youtube. One will be an "about me" video, one in which I talk about my three most recent books, one in which I talk about an idea I first presented at the Patheos website on "compass points for the spiritual life," and finally, this short little segment on "the book that changed my life." Here you go, it's only a minute long:   About two years ago I gave a paper on Evelyn Underhill's Mysticism at a conference on the … [Read more...]

The Ethics of Sharing Mystical Knowledge: Meister Eckhart and the Cloud Author

Pick up any edition of The Cloud of Unknowing, and you are likely to find the following language a bit intimidating: Whoever you are possessing this book, know that I charge you with a serious responsibility, to which I attach the sternest sanctions that the bonds of love can bear. It does not matter whether this book belongs to you, whether you are keeping it for someone else, whether you are  taking it to someone, or borrowing it; you are not to read it, write or speak of it, nor allow … [Read more...]

Dreaming the Tiger

My family and I went to see Life of Pi last night. I have not (yet) read the book, but Gareth Higgins (who knows a lot more about movies than I do) says it's one of the best novel adaptations he's ever seen. I can only judge the movie on its own merits, and I'd say it's well worth seeing. If you're worried about spoilers, stop reading this now and go see the movie. … [Read more...]


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