Introduction to World Mysticism

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Central to many cultural trends is mysticism—a vague word that can be translated as "the spiritual principle at the heart of religion." Many people believe mysticism is the golden thread that unites all the world's religions, while others scoff at the idea. Decide for yourself in this class as we explore major themes and writings from the world's great mystical traditions. Using Phyllis Zagano's Mysticism and the Spiritual Quest: A Crosscultural Anthology as our textbook, we'll examine the wor … [Read more...]

Dr. Charles Raison on Compassion & Meditation

Here's a video well worth watching. Dr. Charles Raison was, up until recently, an assistant professor in the Mind-Body Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine. He also served as a mental health expert for CNN. I first learned about Dr. Raison because of his involvement with the contemplative studies initiative at Emory, which seeks to explore and document the health benefits of meditation. … [Read more...]

Christian Mysticism Class at Evening at Emory begins October 13

There's still time to register for the Introduction to Christian Mysticism class being offered through the Evening at Emory program. Continuing education credit is available for this 5-week class. To register, click here. Here's the course description from the Emory website:Introduction to Christian MysticismEvening at EmoryHumanities and Cultural Studies The renowned twentieth century German theologian Karl Rahner said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not e … [Read more...]

Ken Wilber Class through Evening at Emory

Registration is now open for the class I'll be teaching on the philosophy and spirituality of Ken Wilber, through Emory University's Center for Lifelong Learning here in Atlanta, starting on Thursday, July 21. To register, click here.Here's the write-up on the class, from the Evening at Emory website:A Brief History of Everything: An Introduction to Ken Wilber American philosopher Ken Wilber's writings combine eastern and western spirituality, psychology, biology, cultural theory, and other … [Read more...]

Change in Dates for the Evening at Emory Class

Please note that the Evening at Emory "Introduction to Christian Mysticism" class has had a schedule change. Instead of starting this Thursday, the class will begin on Thursday, October 14 and run through Thursday, November 18 (with no class on October 28).There is still time to register for the class — visit the Emory Center for Lifelong Learning Website.Thanks — and I'll see you on the 14th of October! … [Read more...]

Register now for “Introduction to Christian Mysticism” through Evening at Emory

Just a reminder to those in the Atlanta area: registration is now open for the class I'll be teaching through Emory University's Center for Lifelong Mysticism: Introduction to Christian Mysticism through Emory University's "Evening at Emory" Program. The renowned twentieth century German theologian Karl Rahner said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist at all.” What could he have meant by this? In the popular mind, mysticism is associated with eastern spirituality, … [Read more...]

“A Brief History of Everything” through Evening at Emory

Here's my next class through Evening at Emory:A Brief History of Everything Five Wednesday Evenings, February 6-March 7, 2008 7 - 9 PM American philosopher Ken Wilber writes books that combine eastern and western spirituality, psychology, biology, cultural theory, and other strands of contemporary thought to create what the author calls "integral theory." Wilber seeks to bridge the divide between science and religion, explain the dynamics of human consciousness and moral development, and … [Read more...]


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