Contemplative practices for laypeople?
(06-29-2011, 10:18 PM)Joel Wrote:
(06-29-2011, 09:01 PM)INPEFESS Wrote:
(05-26-2011, 03:27 PM)Graham Wrote: The Cloud of Unknowing

Thank you for this!

Could you (INPEFESS) or Graham provide some info about this book, please?

It was written anonymously by a late medieval contemplative. It's about 80 pages long and consists of letters of advice written to a younger budding mystic. Some are about the scriptural justification and nobility of the contemplative calling, others are about the insufficiency of booklearning and of the 'via positiva', others are about humility and charity, others are about meditation. As to the latter, he advocates placing all thoughts, and feelings under a "cloud of unknowing", and retaining only the awareness of one's naked being and God.

He also wrote the shorter and sweeter Book of Privy Counciling. Unfortunately I don't have an electronic copy of that one. His spirituality inspired St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila among others. Hope I've been of service.

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Re: Contemplative practices for laypeople? - by Graham - 06-29-2011, 11:25 PM

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