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Yoga, Meditation, and Mysticism

Yoga, Meditation, and Mysticism


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Contemplative experience is central to Hindu yoga traditions, Buddhist meditation practices, and Catholic mystical theology, and, despite doctrinal differences, it expresses itself in suggestively similar meditative landmarks in each of these three meditative systems.

In Yoga, Meditation and Mysticism, Kenneth Rose shifts the dominant focus of contemporary religious studies away from tradition-specific studies of individual religious traditions, communities, and practices to examine the 'contemplative universals' that arise globally in meditative experience. Through a comparative exploration of the itineraries detailed in the contemplative manuals of Theravada Buddhism, Patañjalian Yoga, and Catholic mystical theology, Rose identifies in each tradition a moment of sharply focused awareness that marks the threshold between immersion in mundane consciousness and contemplative insight. As concentration deepens, the meditator steps through this threshold onto a globally shared contemplative itinerary, which leads through a series of virtually identical stages to mental stillness and insight. Rose argues that these contemplative universals, familiar to experienced contemplatives in multiple traditions, point to a common spiritual, mental, and biological heritage.

Pioneering the exploration of contemplative practice and experience with a comparative perspective that ranges over multiple religious traditions, religious studies, philosophy, neuroscience, and the cognitive science of religion, this book is a landmark contribution to the fields of contemplative practice and religious studies.


About the Author: Kenneth Rose is Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Christopher Newport University, Virginia, USA. He is the author of Pluralism: The Future of Religion (2013) and Knowing the Real: John Hick on the Cognitivity of Religions and Religious Pluralism (1996) as well as numerous academic articles and reviews.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781472571687
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publisher Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Depth: 19
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 18 mm
  • Weight: 524 gr
  • ISBN-10: 1472571681
  • Publisher Date: 08 Sep 2016
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Height: 236 mm
  • No of Pages: 264
  • Series Title: English
  • Sub Title: Contemplative Universals and Meditative Landmarks
  • Width: 157 mm


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