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The Mystic Heart : Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the World's Religions - Wayne Teasdale

The Mystic Heart

Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the World's Religions

By: Wayne Teasdale, Dalai Lama (Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 1st February 2001
ISBN: 9781577311409
Number Of Pages: 308

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Realize a greater truth with this uplifting guide to mysticism * Explores the power of a universal spirituality and its nine practical elements: moral capacity, solidarity with all life, deep nonviolence, mature self-knowledge, humility, selfless service, simplicity of life, daily practice, and serving as a prophetic witness in the causes of justice, peace and protecting creation * Demonstrates that the final goal of authentic spirituality is realizing our true nature as mystics Drawing on his extraordinary experience as an interreligious monk and mystic, Brother Wayne Teasdale reveals in The Mystic Heart what he calls interspirituality, a genuine and comprehensive sprituality that draws on the mystical core of the world's greatest traditions. From this spiritual vantage, he shows that what so often forms the basis for conflict can really be a meeting place of understanding and commonality. In their meeting, as he shows, a greater truth is realized.

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"* "Those who share Teasdale's optimistic vision of the coming age as fostering spiritual unity among diverse peoples will consider the book an inspirational guide." - Publishers Weekly * "In this book Brother Wayne explores what he calls interspirituality. He shares his deep respect for and knowledge of the world's religions, relates examples from the lives of many great spiritual practitioners, and illuminates the traditions' wonderful commonalities. The Mystic Heart is a work of great inspiration." - the Dalai Lama"

Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Finding What Unites Us
Introduction The Mystic Heart: Our Common Heritagep. 3
The Interspiritual Age
The Parliament of the World's Religions
The Turn to Spirituality
A Dot on a Blackboard
A Bridge Across the Religions and Beyondp. 15
What Is Spirituality?
Spirituality in the Religions
The Nature of Mysticism and Spirituality
What Is Interspirituality?
The Treasure of Community
Crossing Over: Pioneers of Interspiritual Wisdomp. 31
The Meeting of Christianity and Hinduism
Dialogue Between Catholicism and the Other Religions
Buddhism Comes to the West
Finding Your Place in the Interspiritual Movement
The Mirror of the Heart: Consciousness As the Root of Identityp. 51
Hinduism: Supreme Identity in the Mahavakyas
Buddhism: Enlightenment, Shunyata, Nirvana, and the Doctrine of No-Self
The Greeks: Plato and Aristotle
The Christian Understanding
Who We Are Is Where We're Going
A New Paradigm of Identity: We Are Consciousness
Quantum Physics Shows Us Reality and Self-Identity
The Nature of the Divine
"The Paths Are Many But the Goal Is the Same": Discovering the Wayp. 79
The Inner Path: The Way of Contemplation
The Outer Path: The Way of Action
The Place of Spiritual Transformation
The Asramas and Margas: Living the Sacred
The Integration of Action and Contemplation
The Goal of the Spiritual Journey
The Practical Nature of the Mystical Way
The Mystic Characterp. 105
The Problem of the Ego-Driven Life
The False Self
Actual Moral Capacity
Solidarity with All Living Beings
Deep Nonviolence
The Mystic or Contemplative Character
Who Is a Saint?
Spiritual Practice: The Crux of Inner Changep. 125
Spiritual Practice
Mature Self-Knowledge
Transformation As the Reality of Inner Change
Out in the World: The Spirituality of Actionp. 147
Simplicity of Life
Selfless Service and Compassionate Action
The Prophetic Voice
The Fruits or Capacities of the Spiritual Journey
The Fruits of Spirituality Work Together
The Mysticism of the Natural World
Natural Mysticism: Reading the Book of Creationp. 173
What Is Natural Mysticism?
Readers of the Book of Nature
Natural Contemplation As the Capacity to Read the Books of Creation and Life
A Spirituality of Creation
The Mystical Experience of Totality
The Spirituality of Pilgrimage
Nutrition and Spirituality
Yoga and the Martial Arts
Toward a Holistic Spirituality
Natural Mediation
Discourse of the Rose
Global Mysticism
The Promised Land of the Spiritual Journeyp. 211
An Intermystical Bridge: The Guidelines for Interreligious Understanding
The Summit of the Spiritual Life
Mystic Visitations: Personal Experience of the Summit
Stations of the Mystical Summit
Dreams: Channels of the Sacred
Experimental Mysticism
Reaching the Further Shore of the Spiritual Journey
Becoming Cosmic in the Center
Opening the Heart of the World: Toward a Universal Mysticismp. 235
A Universal Communal Spirituality
Beauty in the Intermystical Journey
Discovering the Mystic Heart Together
A Special Message to the Young
The Church As Matrix of Interfaith Encounter
A Universal Order of Sannyasa
Chapter Notesp. 251
Glossaryp. 263
Recommended Readingp. 273
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9781577311409
ISBN-10: 157731140X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 1st February 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.72  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Type: New edition

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