Tag Archives: Centering Prayer

The Tao Becomes Flesh: Seeking Divinity in the Dark

The “Christ Temple” at Tao Fung Shan retreat center. Logos and the Light Probably the most memorable passage from my youth about God, Jesus, and the nature of reality was from John 1:1-5, 14: “In the beginning was the Word, … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Meditation Five Years On: A Personal Reflection

Richard and Suzanne Friedericks and myself traveled to Assisi, Italy five years ago to do a spiritual retreat with our teacher Cynthia Bourgeault. Looking back on that time, I can now recognize the significant turning point in my life that … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong with Christianity? Reflections on a Buddhist-Inspired Christian Retreat

This is the majestic Christ Church in Dublin, Ireland, one of many architectural treats from Europe’s Christian heritage that I enjoyed this summer. However, with so many European churches feeling more like museums than vibrant centers of community life, my … Continue reading

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Stop, Breathe, and Be: Re-Envisioning the Practice of Prayer

“The Sanctuary,” a retreat center in Dublin, Ireland, provided the venue for my recent Mindfulness in Schools Program “Dot B” workshop, a secular mindfulness training course which paradoxically provided me with a new understanding of prayer. We did some of … Continue reading

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The Role of Inner Awakening in Compassionate Action: The Worldview of Wisdom Teacher Cynthia Bourgeault

“In my own efforts to live the gospel I have found that it is virtually impossible to reach and sustain that level of ‘perfect love’ without a practice of contemplative prayer . . .. Ordinary awareness always eventually betrays itself … Continue reading

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“If You Will, You May Become All Flame:” Teachings of the Christian Desert Fathers and Mothers with Cynthia Bourgeault

Our central image of the 4-day retreat: below the flame is a desert mother holding a scroll that reads, “Light the divine fire within yourself.” (See end of the piece for a close-up of the image.) “There were few ‘doctrines’ … Continue reading

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“Opening of Self to the Divine Presence:” An Introduction of Centering Prayer for Students

“The goal in Centering Prayer is not to stop thoughts altogether, but to develop a detached attitude toward them. Fighting your thoughts is useless; releasing them is blessed.” –  Cynthia Bourgeault, The Heart of Centering Prayer Dear students, The biggest … Continue reading

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Wisdom Jesus and Centering Prayer Retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault

Our HKIS group of retreaters and friends with Cynthia Bourgeault at the end of a spiritually enriching day on May 1st at Tao Fung Shan in Shatin. This entry shares my introduction of Cynthia on the day of her presentation, … Continue reading

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Centering Prayer and the Call to Wisdom: A Personal Reflection

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart [bhakti], with all your soul [raja], with all your strength [karma], and with all your mind [jnana].” – Huston Smith’s forward, p. xiii in American Veda by Phlip Goldberg. Introduction I … Continue reading

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The Gate of Heaven is Everywhere: Visionary Images of Christian Education

Following failure as a soldier, Francis of Assisi came to a radical re-visioning of his life that can be aptly summarized in 2oth century Catholic monastic Thomas Merton’s phrase, “The gate of heaven is everywhere.” His affection for brother sun … Continue reading

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