Meister Eckhart: Master of Letting Go into God
January 28, Saturday
Meister Eckhart (c. 1260 – c. 1327) was a German theologian, poet and mystic. Eckhart wrote scores of sermons in German and Latin, all of them calling for a spiritual rebirth through the practice of holy detachment. Eckhart’s writings influenced spiritual masters such as St. John of the Cross, Martin Luther, St. Ignatius of Loyola and Thomas Merton. His reflections on Christian “letting go” have resonated across the oceans and time to form a spiritual bridge with Buddhists such as Masao Abe and D.T. Suzuki. Eckhart shared his profound and exciting insight, that St. Paul’s “freedom in Christ” is not just good theology, but an actual experience that is the fruit of meditation and prayer. How can we attain this freedom?
We will explore connections between Eckhart’s life and insights and current trends in Christian spirituality such as Centering Prayer, non-dual awareness and the Christian-Buddhist dialogue. Dr. Jonas will share his own reflections on these “unitive” practices from a psychological perspective. The day will include silent meditation, presentations and group discussion.
9:30am – 3:30pm Fee: $65 with lunch, $55 without. Pre-registration is required.
Leader: Dr. Robert Jonas