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REL565: Mysticism & Contemplative Traditions

It has been said that all religions converge in the contemplative tradition - the great world illuminated by the swamis and yogis of Hinduism, the core meditation practices of the Buddha, the Kabba

It has been said that all religions converge in the contemplative tradition - the great world illuminated by the swamis and yogis of Hinduism, the core meditation practices of the Buddha, the Kabbalist teachers of Judaism, the Sufis of Islam and the Christian mystics. What can we learn by reflecting on their teachings and their practices? How do they connect with current research on the mind-body connection? How do these make possible a deeper sense of self, or what we might call the "unique self "? What does it mean to speak of wisdom as a kind of knowledge? We will consider selections from all the major faiths, from the ancient texts of the Upanishads to the poets Rumi and Meister Eckhart to modern writers such as Thomas Merton, Howard Thurman and Pema Chodron.