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The Wisdom Jesus

Transforming Heart and Mind — A New Perspective on Christ and His Message
Paperback Book
August, 2008
$21.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

This book is an adaptation and expansion of teachings also available in the 6-CD set, Encountering the Wisdom Jesus.

If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as if for the first time, something amazing happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of radical wisdom and compassion whose methods are as bold and surprising as a Zen master’s. And his aim is to break through our habitual views to effect a complete transformation of our minds and hearts.

Cynthia Bourgeault is our guide to rediscovering Jesus as a wisdom master in the tradition of the Buddha and other teachers. She looks to the Gospels, to contemplative experience (she’s put in her time and it shows), and to recently discovered ancient Christian documents (such as the Nag Hammadi scriptures and the Gospel of Thomas) to reveal a fresh understanding of Jesus and his teaching.

What Jesus experienced, she says, was a profound understanding of nonduality—the essential oneness of all things—and his aim was to transmit this truth to others experientially. She provides instruction in simple practices from the Christian contemplative tradition that leads to the kind of transformation Jesus taught. These include Centering Prayer, a form of Christian meditation, and Lectio Divina: “Divine reading,” a meditative practice unique to Christianity that intersperses slow and deliberate reading of a text with silence, contemplation, and prayer.

“Bourgeault centers her expansive house of wisdom in the sayings and extraordinary death of the gospel Jesus as she turns light and darkness into a living poetry of self-emptying vision.”—Willis Barnstone, coauthor of The Gnostic Bible

“There are few spiritual teachers who give us genuinely fresh insight, but even fewer who give us the tools so we can come to those insights for ourselves. Cynthia Bourgeault does both, and does them very well!” —Richard Rohr

Also by Cynthia Bourgeault are Chanting the Psalms and Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening. 

Publisher’s Description: 

If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. Cynthia Bourgeault is a masterful guide to Jesus's vision and to the traditional contemplative practices you can use to experience the heart of his teachings for yourself.

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