Wisdom Jesus Transforming Heart and Mind--A New Perspective on Christ and His Message

ISBN-10: 1590305809

ISBN-13: 9781590305805

Edition: 2008

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If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of radical wisdom and compassion, whose aim is nothing less than the transformation of human consciousness. His methods are as bold and surprising as a Zen master's. And his aim is to break through our habitual thinking and to effect a complete conversion of our minds and hearts. Cynthia Bourgeault is our guide to rediscovering Jesus as a wisdom master in the tradition of the Buddha and other teachers. She looks to the Gospels, to contemplative experience, and to recently discovered ancient Christian documents (such as the Nag Hammadi scriptures and the Gospel of Thomas) to reveal a fresh new understanding of Jesus and his teaching. What Jesus experienced, she says, was a profound understanding of non-duality-the essential oneness of all things-and his aim was to transmit this truth to others experientially. She provides instruction in simple practices from the Christian contemplative tradition that leads to the kind of transformation Jesus taught. These include Centering Prayer, a form of Christian meditation, and Lectio Divina: "Divine reading," a meditative practice unique to Christianity that intersperses slow and deliberate reading of a text with silence, contemplation, and prayer.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/12/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638

Acknowledgments
The Teachings of Jesus
Jesus as a Recognition Event
Jesus in Context
"The Kingdom of Heaven Is within You"
The Path of Metanoia
A Gospel of Thomas Sampler
Kenosis: The Path of Self-Emptying Love
Jesus as Tantric Master
The Mysteries of Jesus
The Incarnation
The Passion
Crucifixion and Its Aftermath
The Great Easter Fast
Christian Wisdom Practices
Centering Prayer Meditation
Lectio Divina
Chanting and Psalmody
Welcoming
Eucharist
Notes
Selected Reading
Index
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