Meister Eckhart: A Mystic-Warrior for Our Times

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New World Library, Jun 1, 2014 - Religion - 336 pages

Though he lived in the thirteenth century, Meister Eckhart’s teachings were in many ways modern. His thinking was deeply ecumenical, encompassing Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism as well as shamanism and indigenous spirituality. He advocated for social, economic, and gender justice; taught about what we call ecology; and championed artistic creativity. All these elements have inspired Matthew Fox and influenced his Creation Spirituality. While Fox recognizes that Eckhart has influenced everyone from Teresa of Avila to Eckhart Tolle, Karl Marx to Carl Jung, and Annie Dillard to Anne Morrow Lindbergh, he also wants to introduce Eckhart to those activists addressing contemporary crises. Toward that end, and as he did in his Hildegard of Bingen, Fox creates metaphorical meetings between Eckhart and the Dalai Lama, Thomas Merton, Joanna Macy, Black Elk, Rumi, Adrienne Rich, and others. The result is wonderfully reader-friendly, profoundly substantive, and deeply inspiring.

 

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Excellent overview of mysticism in all its forms centered on the writings of the the Christian, 13-14th century mystic Meister Eckhart. Matthew Fox shows the many affinities between Eckhart and other ... Read full review

Contents

Meister Eckhart Meets
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Meister Eckhart Meets Buddhism via Thich Nhat Hanh
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Meister Eckhart Meets Adrienne Rich
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Meister Eckhart Meets Dorothee Soelle the Beguines Mechtild of Magdeburg and Marguerite Porete and Julian of Norwich
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Meister Eckhart Meets Marcus Borg Bruce Chilton and John Dominic Crossan
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Meister Eckhart Meets Carl Jung
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Meister Eckhart Meets Otto Rank
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Meister Eckhart Meets Ananda Coomaraswamy and Father Bede Griffiths
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Meister Eckhart Meets Eddie Kneebone Black Elk and Bill Everson
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Meister Eckhart Meets Dorothy Stang Karl Marx David Korten Serge Latouche Anita Roddick and Howard Thurman
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Meister Eckhart Meets YELLAWE Theodore Richards MC Richards and Lily Yeh
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Where Might Eckhart Take Us?
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Acknowledgments
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Endnotes
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About the Author
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Copyright

Meister Eckhart Meets Rumi Hafiz Ibn ElArabi and Avicenna
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Matthew Fox was a member of the Dominican Order for 34 years. He holds a doctorate (received summa cum laude) in the History and Theology of Spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris. Seeking to establish a pedagogy that was friendly to learning spirituality, he established an Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality that operated for seven years at Mundelein College in Chicago and twelve years at Holy Names College in Oakland. For ten of those years at Holy Names College, Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict), as the Catholic Church’s chief inquisitor and head of the Congregation of Doctrine and Faith, tried to shut the program down. Ratzinger silenced Fox for one year in 1988 and forced him to step down as director. Three years later he expelled Fox from the order and then had the program terminated. Rather than disband his amazing ecumenical faculty, Fox started the University of Creation Spirituality. Fox was president of UCS for nine years.


He is currently a scholar in residence with the Academy for the Love of Learning. He lectures, teaches, and writes and serves as president of the nonprofit he created in 1984, Friends of Creation Spirituality. He is the author of 28 books and lives in Oakland, California.

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