Exploring Mysticism

EXPLORING. MYSTICISM. Frits. Staal. Until less than a century ago , the two prevailing views of dreams as well as of souls were that they are inconsequential ( the scientific view ) or of divine origin ( the religious view ) .

Author: Frits Staal

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520031199

Category: Philosophy

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Differentiates between rational and irrational approaches to the study of mystical experience within the traditions of the major religions

Exploring Lost Dimensions in Christian Mysticism

The companion volume to this one, L. Nelstrop and S.D. Podmore (eds), Between Transcendence and Immanence: Christian Mysticism and Incarnational Theology (Ashgate: forthcoming), explores Dionysius's importance in shaping medieval ...

Author: Louise Nelstrop

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317137344

Category: Religion

Page: 242

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’Mystical theology’ has developed through a range of meanings, from the hidden dimensions of divine significance in the community’s interpretation of its scriptures to the much later ’science’ of the soul’s ascent into communion with God. The thinkers and questions addressed in this book draws us into the heart of a complicated, beautiful, and often tantalisingly unfinished conversation, continuing over centuries and often brushing allusively into parallel concerns in other religions. Raising fundamental matters of epistemology, representation, metaphysics, and divine reality, contributors approach the mystical from postmodern, feminist, sociological and historical perspectives through thinkers such as Meister Eckhart, Thomas Aquinas, Catherine of Siena, Ignatius of Loyola, William James, Evelyn Underhill, Ernst Troeltsch, Rudolf Otto, Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Marion and Jean-Louis Chrétien. Medieval and early modern radical prophetic approaches are also explored. This book includes new essays by Sarah Apetrei, Tina Beattie, Raphel Cadenhead, Oliver Davies, Philip Endean, Brian FitzGerald, Ann Loades, George Pattison, Simon D. Podmore, Joel D.S. Rasmussen, and Johannes Zachhuber.

THE MYSTICAL Exploring the Transcendent

Research at many levels is important, including research at the cellular level that explores the role of recurrent pathways between thalamic nuclei and the cortex, and research that explores consciousness from the perspective of action.

Author: David Lane

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781565431737



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Exploring Mysticism

Differentiates between rational and irrational approaches to the study of mystical experience within the traditions of the major religions

Author: Frits Staal

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520027264

Category: Religion

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Differentiates between rational and irrational approaches to the study of mystical experience within the traditions of the major religions

Philosophy of Mysticism

“Pure Consciousness: Scientific Exploration of Meditation Techniques.” Journal of Consciousness Studies 6 (nos. 2–3): 189–209. Shepard, Roger N. 1997. “The Genetic Basis of Human Scientific Knowledge.” In Gregory R. Bock and Gail Cardew ...

Author: Richard H. Jones

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438461199

Category: Religion

Page: 438

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A comprehensive exploration of the philosophical issues raised by mysticism. This work is a comprehensive study of the philosophical issues raised by mysticism. Mystics claim to experience reality in a way not available in normal life, a claim which makes this phenomenon interesting from a philosophical perspective. Richard H. Jones’s inquiry focuses on the skeleton of beliefs and values of mysticism: knowledge claims made about the nature of reality and of human beings; value claims about what is significant and what is ethical; and mystical goals and ways of life. Jones engages language, epistemology, metaphysics, science, and the philosophy of mind. Methodological issues in the study of mysticism are also addressed. Examples of mystical experience are drawn chiefly from Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta, but also from Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Daoism. “This is a significant extension of the seminal work by Walter Stace, Mysticism and Philosophy. That work has stimulated much literature, all of which Jones manages to review here. He critically extends Stace’s universal core and embeds it in a sophisticated discussion of the extent, range, and metaphysical implications of mysticism.” — Ralph W. Hood, Jr., coauthor of The Psychology of Religion: An Empirical Approach

Early Chinese Mysticism

1977 . “ ' The Exploration of Mysticism . " In Mystics and Scholars , ed . Harold Coward and Terence Penelhum , 63 – 70 . Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion . - 1980 . " Interpretation and Mystical Experience .

Author: Livia Kohn

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400844463

Category: Religion

Page: 234

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Did Chinese mysticism vanish after its first appearance in ancient Taoist philosophy, to surface only after a thousand years had passed, when the Chinese had adapted Buddhism to their own culture? This first integrated survey of the mystical dimension of Taoism disputes the commonly accepted idea of such a hiatus. Covering the period from the Daode jing to the end of the Tang, Livia Kohn reveals an often misunderstood Chinese mystical tradition that continued through the ages. Influenced by but ultimately independent of Buddhism, it took forms more various than the quietistic withdrawal of Laozi or the sudden enlightenment of the Chan Buddhists. On the basis of a new theoretical evaluation of mysticism, this study analyzes the relationship between philosophical and religious Taoism and between Buddhism and the native Chinese tradition. Kohn shows how the quietistic and socially oriented Daode jing was combined with the ecstatic and individualistic mysticism of the Zhuangzi, with immortality beliefs and practices, and with Buddhist insight meditation, mind analysis, and doctrines of karma and retribution. She goes on to demonstrate that Chinese mysticism, a complex synthesis by the late Six Dynasties, reached its zenith in the Tang, laying the foundations for later developments in the Song traditions of Inner Alchemy, Chan Buddhism, and Neo-Confucianism.

Platonic Mysticism

Thus, for instance, Frits Staal, in his Exploring Mysticism: A Methodological Essay (1975); William Wainwright, in Mysticism: A Study of Its Nature, Cognitive Value, and Moral Implications (1981); Leonard Angel, in Enlightenment East ...

Author: Arthur Versluis

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438466330

Category: Philosophy

Page: 172

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Restores the Platonic history and context of mysticism and shows how it helps us understand more deeply the humanities as a whole, from philosophy and literature to art. In Platonic Mysticism, Arthur Versluisclearly and tautly argues that mysticism must be properly understood as belonging to the great tradition of Platonism. He demonstrates how mysticism was historically understood in Western philosophical and religious traditions and emphatically rejects externalist approaches to esoteric religion. Instead he develops a new theoretical-critical model for understanding mystical literature and the humanities as a whole, from philosophy and literature to art. A sequel to his Restoring Paradise, this is an audacious book that places Platonic mysticism in the context of contemporary cognitive and other approaches to the study of religion, and presents an emerging model for the new field of contemplative science. “An important work on the mystical experience delving deep into its history, particularly from the Platonic perspective. An essential text for anyone interested in mysticism and its relationship to philosophy and creative expression.” — Andrew Newberg, author of How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain: The New Science of Transformation “The present work, the latest from the pen of Arthur Versluis, provides a trenchant, learned, and illuminating analysis of the origins of Western mysticism in the Platonist tradition, relayed through such figures as Plotinus and Dionysius the Areopagite, down through Meister Eckhart and others, while suitably excoriating the attempts of certain modern philosophers and sociologists of religion to ‘deconstruct’ it from a materialist perspective. I found it a rattling good read!” — John Dillon, author of The Heirs of Plato: A Study of the Old Academy (347–274 BC)

Yoga Meditation and Mysticism

Staals goes on to conclude that mystical experiences are “to some extent independent of their interpretations and evaluations,” Exploring Mysticism: A Methodological Essay (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1975), 189.

Author: Kenneth Rose

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472571700

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 224

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Contemplative experience is central to Hindu yoga traditions, Buddhist meditation practices, and Catholic mystical theology, and, despite doctrinal differences, it expresses itself in suggestively similar meditative landmarks in each of these three meditative systems. In Yoga, Meditation and Mysticism, Kenneth Rose shifts the dominant focus of contemporary religious studies away from tradition-specific studies of individual religious traditions, communities, and practices to examine the 'contemplative universals' that arise globally in meditative experience. Through a comparative exploration of the itineraries detailed in the contemplative manuals of Theravada Buddhism, Patañjalian Yoga, and Catholic mystical theology, Rose identifies in each tradition a moment of sharply focused awareness that marks the threshold between immersion in mundane consciousness and contemplative insight. As concentration deepens, the meditator steps through this threshold onto a globally shared contemplative itinerary, which leads through a series of virtually identical stages to mental stillness and insight. Rose argues that these contemplative universals, familiar to experienced contemplatives in multiple traditions, point to a common spiritual, mental, and biological heritage. Pioneering the exploration of contemplative practice and experience with a comparative perspective that ranges over multiple religious traditions, religious studies, philosophy, neuroscience, and the cognitive science of religion, this book is a landmark contribution to the fields of contemplative practice and religious studies.

Mystics and Scholars

The Calgary Conference on Mysticism 1976 Harold Coward, Terence Penelhum. through the methods advocated by J.F. Staal in his recent Exploring Mysticism (University of California Press, and Penguin Books, 1976).

Author: Harold Coward

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 9780919812048

Category: Education

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In September of 1976 a group of some fifty scholars and practising mystics gathered at the University of Calgary. The chief objective of the Conference was to ponder and assess the nature of mysticism in its Eastern, Western and North American Indian forms. The method the Conference followed was somewhat unusual in that it aimed at a dialogue between the practising mystics and the scholars. What this book presents to the reader is not the outcome of the dialogue, but the personal statements and papers from which the dialogue began. Of course there is a degree to which the dialogue is already present, in that the papers of the scholars were written with the statements of the mystics in hand. Among some of the philosophers present, a set of more formal comments on each others presentations was recorded and these have been included.