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Contemplative Consciousness

Laurence Freeman

in Addressing Tipping Points for a Precarious Future

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780197265536
eISBN:
9780191760327
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197265536.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, Environmental Politics

Contemplative consciousness opens up new ways to seeing and understanding, by refreshing the mind and spirit for acceptance of the unusual and the seemingly unconnected. The prophetic seeks radical ... More


The Taboo of Subjectivity: Towards a New Science of Consciousness

B. Alan Wallace

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195173109
eISBN:
9780199849833
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195173109.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This book takes a bold new look at ways of exploring the nature, origins, and potentials of consciousness within the context of science and religion. It draws careful distinctions between four ... More


 Experience, Purpose, Pedagogy, and Theory: Ritual Activities in the Classroom

Mark I. Wallace

in Teaching Ritual

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195176452
eISBN:
9780199785308
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176452.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter discusses how fresh reactions to 9/11 were dealt with in the classroom. In a class on religion and ecology, a variety of contemplative practices and social fieldwork projects were used, ... More


The Perfection of Meditation

Dale S. Wright

in The Six Perfections: Buddhism and the Cultivation of Character

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195382013
eISBN:
9780199870332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195382013.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Chapter 5 is divided into two sections. The first section presents an overview of the Mahayana Buddhist teachings on the perfection of meditation, dhyānapāramitā. The second section inquires into ... More


Dante: Paradiso

John Casey

in After Lives: A Guide to Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195092950
eISBN:
9780199869732
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195092950.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Must any account of heaven be insipid? Dante's contemplative heaven, focused on the vision of God, though abstract and allegorical, is a poem of ascent that always has reference to human experience. ... More


Teaching with Tenderness: Toward an Embodied Practice

Becky Thompson

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780252041167
eISBN:
9780252099731
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041167.001.0001
Subject:
Education, Educational Policy and Politics

Teaching with Tenderness follows in the tradition of bell hooks’ Teaching to Transgress and Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, inviting us to draw upon contemplative practices (yoga, ... More


Dark Contemplation and Epistemic Transformation: The Analytic Theologian Re‐Meets Teresa of Ávila

Sarah Coakley

in Analytic Theology: New Essays in the Philosophy of Theology

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199203567
eISBN:
9780191708190
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203567.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter explores the mystical writings of St Teresa of Ávila with an eye to providing certain correctives to analytic appropriations of St Teresa's work. It begins with a playful feminist ... More


Conclusion

William Johnston

in The Mysticism of the Cloud of Unknowing

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823220748
eISBN:
9780823236824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823220748.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter presents some general conclusions about the cloud and about the phrase that “the most godly knowledge of God is that which is known by unknowing”. The author divides knowledge into two ... More


“Rare and Delectable Places”: Thoreau's Imagination of Sacred Space at Walden

John Gatta

in Making Nature Sacred: Literature, Religion, and the Environment in America from the Puritans to the Present

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780195165050
eISBN:
9780199835140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195165055.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

Walden Pond, the obvious focal point of Thoreau’s worship and spiritual discovery, qualifies thereby as a sacred place in the author’s celebrated account of “where he lived.” Thoreau’s ... More


Rudolf Schwarz: Modern Churches in a Modern Culture

Richard Kieckhefer

in Theology in Stone: Church Architecture From Byzantium to Berkeley

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195154665
eISBN:
9780199835676
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195154665.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Theology

Rudolf Schwarz: modern churches in a modern culture. In the twentieth century, religious communities often employed architects who were not grounded in the traditions for which they were building. ... More


Conclusion: “High Ghostly Wisdom”

William Johnston

in The Mysticism of the Cloud of Unknowing

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823220748
eISBN:
9780823236824
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823220748.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter examines the nature of the dark wisdom of the Gift of the Holy Spirit. It holds that the gift of wisdom is not the prerogative of contemplatives but is possessed by all who are in ... More


The Psalter as Contemplative Vision

Luke Dysinger OSB

in Psalmody and Prayer in the Writings of Evagrius Ponticus

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2005
ISBN:
9780199273201
eISBN:
9780191602986
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199273200.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Evagrius believed that that Book of Psalms afforded a vision of the whole creation, including the daily struggles of the praktike, as refulgent with divine meaning. The psalter can serve as a ... More


The contemplative and the mixed lives at Syon

Alexandra da Costa

in Reforming Printing: Syon Abbey's Defence of Orthodoxy 1525-1534

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199653560
eISBN:
9780191742026
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653560.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

This chapter demonstrates that the brethren's outward focus co-existed, if uneasily, with a continued commitment to contemplation. Well aware of late medieval criticism of the monastic life, most ... More


Examination of Willing or of Duty

Krishnachandra Bhattacharyya

in Implications of the Philosophy of Kant: Kantadarsaner Tatparyya

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780198077336
eISBN:
9780199081530
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198077336.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter discusses the concept of free will and the idea of causa noumenon, which is an individual with free will. It notes that it is the concept of the free self that makes up the basis of ... More


Wittgensteinianism: Logic, Reality, and God

D. Z. Phillips

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Religion

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
April 2005
ISBN:
9780195138092
eISBN:
9780199835348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195138090.003.0019
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Five reasons are given for why Wittgensteinianism, though a major movement in philosophy of religion, has never been a dominant one. The remainder of the chapter is divided as follows: - I: The ... More


Identity: The Name ‘Therapeutae’ and the Essenes

Joan E. Taylor

in Jewish Women Philosophers of First-Century Alexandria: Philo's 'Therapeutae' Reconsidered

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199291410
eISBN:
9780191700637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291410.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Judaism, Religion in the Ancient World

It is important to recognize at the very start that our information about the community described by Philo in De Vita Contemplativa is embedded in rhetoric. It is usual in scholarship to refer to the ... More


Placements: The Geographical and Social Locations of the Mareotic Group

Joan E. Taylor

in Jewish Women Philosophers of First-Century Alexandria: Philo's 'Therapeutae' Reconsidered

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199291410
eISBN:
9780191700637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291410.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Judaism, Religion in the Ancient World

It is easy to configure the Mareotic group in the light of later Christian monasteries, and become blind to the evidence that Philo provides in his text. For Philo and for others in the Graeco-Roman ... More


The Philosophia of Ioudaismos

Joan E. Taylor

in Jewish Women Philosophers of First-Century Alexandria: Philo's 'Therapeutae' Reconsidered

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199291410
eISBN:
9780191700637
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291410.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism, Religion in the Ancient World

Philo does not expect his audience to think of his philosophers in De Vita Contemplativa as being associated with cultic activities at an actual temple. Instead, he uses them as exemplars of the bios ... More


Hierocles of Alexandria

Hermann S. Schibli

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199249213
eISBN:
9780191719417
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249213.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This book surveys the 5th-century Neoplatonic philosopher Hierocles of Alexandria. It contains a survey of his life, writings, and pagan and Christian surroundings, and examines the major tenets of ... More


Aristotle: Philosophy as Two Ways of Life

John M. Cooper

in Pursuits of Wisdom: Six Ways of Life in Ancient Philosophy from Socrates to Plotinus

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691138602
eISBN:
9781400842322
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691138602.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

This chapter discusses the Aristotelian way of life. For Aristotle, philosophy is not a way of life, as it was for Socrates. It is two distinct ones. Aristotle's contemplatives are, of course, ... More


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