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

by Avram Davis
     
 

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Techniques explained by the masters—for today's spiritual seeker

Meditation is designed to give you direct access to the spiritual. Whether it’s through deep breathing during a busy day, listening to the quiet after turning off the car radio, chanting in prayer or ten minutes of visualization exercises each morning, meditation takes many

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Techniques explained by the masters—for today's spiritual seeker

Meditation is designed to give you direct access to the spiritual. Whether it’s through deep breathing during a busy day, listening to the quiet after turning off the car radio, chanting in prayer or ten minutes of visualization exercises each morning, meditation takes many forms. But it is always a personal method of centering our spiritual self.

Meditation has long been practiced in the Jewish community as a powerful tool to transcend words, personality and ego and to directly experience the divine. Inspiring yet practical, this introduction to meditation from a Jewish perspective approaches it in a new and illuminating way: As it is personally practiced by today’s most experienced Jewish meditators from around the world.

A "how to" guide for both beginning and experienced meditators, Meditation from the Heart of Judaism will help you start meditating or help you enhance your practice. Meditation is a Jewish spiritual resource for today that can benefit people of all faiths and backgrounds—and help us add spiritual energy to our lives.

Contributors include:
Sylvia Boorstein • Alan Brill • Andrea Cohen-Keiner • David Cooper • Avram Davis • Nan Fink • Steve Fisdel • Shefa Gold • Lynn Gottleib • Edward Hoffman • Lawrence Kushner • Alan Lew • Shaul Magid • Daniel C. Matt • Jonathan Omer-Man • Mindy Ribner • Susie Schneider • Rami M. Shapiro • Shohama Wiener • Sheila Peltz Weinberg • Laibl Wolf • David Zeller

Editorial Reviews

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.
From the Publisher

"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:
9781580236652
Publisher:
Longhill Partners
Publication date:
08/10/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
665 KB

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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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