Meditation from the Heart of Judaism: Today's Teachers Share Their Practices, Techniques, and Faith

Meditation from the Heart of Judaism: Today's Teachers Share Their Practices, Techniques, and Faith

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This inspiring yet practical introduction to Jewish meditation approaches it in a new way: As a living experience described by today's most experienced Jewish meditators from around the world.

In their own individual voices, 22 masters of meditation-rabbis, scholars, psychologists, teachers-explain why they meditate, how they meditate, and how the meditative

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This inspiring yet practical introduction to Jewish meditation approaches it in a new way: As a living experience described by today's most experienced Jewish meditators from around the world.

In their own individual voices, 22 masters of meditation-rabbis, scholars, psychologists, teachers-explain why they meditate, how they meditate, and how the meditative experience brings them closer to themselves, to God, to the universe. Equally important are their confessions about obstacles to meditation in their daily life-and how they can be overcome.

Through a detailed compendium of the experts' "Best Practices," editor Avram Davis offers readers practical advice, starting points, and direction for making meditation a source of spiritual energy in their own lives.

Meditation has been practiced for centuries in the Jewish community as a powerful tool to transcend words, personality and ego and directly experience the divine. Meditation is not, as many assume, the sole province of eastern faiths, but also a Jewish spiritual resource for today that can benefit all people.
"Engaging and informative, offering a wonderful introduction to the practice of Jewish meditation."
-Publishers Weekly

"Avram Davis is a pioneer in the new art of teaching Jewish meditation....He has assembled a sparkling catalog of some of its best contemporary teachers. Their many perspectives light up facets of the holy quest for nearness to the One."
-Rodger Kamenetz, author, Stalking Elijah and The Jew in the Lotus

"A treasure trove of wisdom about this important spiritual practice."
-Body Mind Spirit Magazine

"In dozens of beautiful ways this book shows how meditation can bring you home to yourself and God."
-Jack Kornfeld, author of A Path With Heart

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Library Journal
Davis (The Way of the Flame, HarperCollins, 1996) has compiled 22 essays on meditation by Jewish leaders, teachers, and writers such as Lawrence Kushner, Rami Shapiro, Nan Fink, Edward Hoffman, and others. These thinkers discuss issues of interest to the Jewish lay reader: traditional background, meditative approaches and techniques, obstacles to practice, and the importance of attitude. Davis summarizes the basics in the final chapter, noting that because it did not spring from a monastic tradition, the essence of Jewish meditation lies largely in a concern with everyday life. A worthwhile addition to the growing number of books on Jewish spirituality.
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"Avram Davis is a pioneer in the new art of teaching Jewish meditation.... He has assembled a sparkling catalog of some of its best contemporary teachers. Their many perspectives light up facets of the holy quest for nearness to the One."
Rodger Kamenetz, author, Stalking Elijah and The Jew in the Lotus

“One of the most inspiring books I have ever read in my professional career. Absolutely spectacular. Wise, delicious, inspiring and comforting. A journey into the richness of spirituality.”
Caroline M. Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit; coauthor, The Creation of Health

“In dozens of beautiful ways this book shows how meditation can bring you home to yourself and God.”
Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart

“A treasury of meditative insights and techniques from some of the most enlightened teachers in Judaism. Each page is a meditative experience that brings you closer to God.”
Rabbi Shoni Labowitz, author, Miraculous Living: A Guided Journey in Kabbalah through the Ten Gates of the Tree of Life

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580230490
Publisher:
Jewish Lights Publishing
Publication date:
04/01/1999
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
827,836
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Avram Davis is a respected teacher of Jewish meditation and spirituality, and the founder and codirector of an independent renewal center for Jewish learning and meditation, Chochmat HaLev in Berkeley, California. He is the author of The Way of the Flame (Jewish Lights), an introduction to the practice of meditation, and coauthor of Judaic Mysticism.

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