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Letting Go: The Teachings of Meister Eckhart

A weekend retreat devoted to exploring the teachings of the 14th century Christian mystic Meister Eckhart. An emphasis will be given to the ways in which Eckhart invites us to open our mind and heart to a profound experience of God's oneness with us in the intimate details of our everyday lives. Time will be given for group meditation, personal reflection and discussion of the themes presented.

The topics covered in the conferences include:
  • Introduction: Who was Meister Eckhart? The guiding principles of his teachings.
  • Setting out on the path of detachment: Dying to the illusions that imprison us.
  • The Birth of the word in the soul: As detachment deepens we discover God to be the reality of ourselves, others, and all things.
  • Breakthrough into the Godhead: Passing into the divine mystery that we and all things manifest.
Suggested Reading

*Colledge, Edmund (trans). Meister Eckhart: The Essential Commentaries, Treatises, and Defense. New York: Paulist Press, 1981.

Davies, Oliver. Meister Eckhart: Mystical Theologian. London: SPCK publishing, 1991.

Forman, Robert. Meister Eckhart: Mystic as Theologian. Rockport, Massachusetts, 1991

*Fox, Mathew. Breakthrough: Creation Spirituality in New Translation. New York: Image Books, 1980

Kelly, C.F. Meister Eckhart on Divine Knowledge. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1977

McGinn B. The Mystical Thought of Meister Eckhart. New York: Herder and Herder, 2001.

McGinn, Bernard. Meister Eckhart: Teacher and Preacher. Paulist Press, 1986.

*McGinn, Bernard. Meister Eckhart: Teacher and Preacher. New York: Paulist Press, 1986.

Smith, Cyprian. Meister Eckhart: The Way of Paradox. New York: Paulist Press, 1987.

*Schurmann, R. Wandering Joy: Meister Eckhart's Mystical Philosophy. Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Lindinfarne Press, 2001.

*Walshe, Maurice, (trans.). The Complete Mystical Works of Meister Eckhart. New York: Herder & Herder, Crossroads, 2009.

Woods, Richard. Meister Eckhart: Master of Mystics. New York: Continuum Press, 2011.

(Works with an * contain the sermons of Meister Eckhart)

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