Mysticism and the Spiritual Quest: A Crosscultural Anthology

Mysticism and the Spiritual Quest: A Crosscultural Anthology

by Phyllis Zagano


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Mysticism and the Spiritual Quest: A Crosscultural Anthology by Phyllis Zagano

A crosscultural exploration of the meanings, definitions, practices, and common themes of mysticism via a study of original texts (in translation) from different parts of the world. It brings together the writings of the mystics from Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, and Confucianism in one volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809146260
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 1,265,450
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. Phyllis Zagano is senior research associate-in-residence and adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.

Table of Contents

Editor's Acknowledgments ix

Introduction xi

1 Hinduism

Introductions Jeffery D. Long

The Upanishads 3

Introduction 3

The Katha Upanishad 5

The Mundaka Upanishad 15

The Chandogya Upanishad 22

The Yoga Sutras 31

Introduction 31

Yoga Aphorisms: How to Know God 35

The Eight Limbs of Yoga 43

The Bhagavad Gita 47

Introduction 47

Karma Yoga (Way of Selfless Action) 50

The Yoga of Renunciation (Way of Loving Faith) 58

The Brahma Sutras 67

2 Chinese Traditions

Introductions Jeffery D. Long

The Tao Te Ching of Lao Tzu 79

Chuang Tzu 87

3 Buddhism

Introductions Joshua Schapiro

The Dhammapada 107

The Heart Sutra 115

The Lotus Sutra 121

Perfection of Wisdom as the Middle Way 133

The Practice of Meditation 137

The Tibetan Book of the Dead 149

Letter to Lord Nakamura 159

4 Judaism

Introductions Ori Z. Sokes

Song of Songs 169

Philo of Alexandria 185

The Early Kabbalah 201

Zohar 219

Abraham Isaac Kook 227

5 Christianity

Introductions Phyllis Zagano

The Gospel of John 241

St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 249

Augustine of Hippo 257

Bernard of Clairvaux 275

Francis of Assisi and Clare of Assisi 287

Anchorite Spirituality 295

Julian of Norwich 307

Walter Hilton 317

John of the Cross 327

6 Islam

Introductions Hussein Rashid

The Qur'an 339

Rabia al-Adawiyya 353

Junayd Baghdadi 357

Mansur al-Hallaj 367

Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazali 377

Farid ad-Din 'Attar 389

Muhyi al-Din al-'Arabi 393

Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi 401

Bibliography 415

About the Contributors 429

Acknowledgments and Permissions 431

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