Meditation in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

Meditation in Judaism, Christianity and Islam

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Meditative practices have flourished in widely different parts of Eurasia, yet historical research on such practices is limited. Research to date has focused on contexts rather than actual practices, and within individual traditions. For the first time in one volume, the meditative practices of the three traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are examined. They are viewed in a global perspective, considering both generic and historical connections to practices in other traditions, particularly in India and East Asia. Their cultural and historical peculiarities are examined, comparing them both to each other and to Asian forms of meditation. The book builds on a notion of meditation as self-administered techniques for inner transformation, a definition which focuses on transformative practice rather than notions of meditative states and mystical experiences. It proposes ways of studying meditative practice historically, and concludes with an essay on the modern scientific interest in meditation.Once he asked the Wise One of the generation with respect to prayer, a#39;How do you act, and to where do you direct your contemplative thought during prayer?a#39; He replied, a#39;I bind myself to each and every created living being, for in everything anbsp;...

Title:Meditation in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Author:Halvor Eifring
Publisher:A&C Black - 2013-10-24


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