Weekly Teaching from the International School of Meditation

Weekly Teachings

In the three year cycle of the 'Weekly Teaching' we are returning to Year 1 - The Essential Teaching. Since this forms the basis of our practice it is good to periodically remind ourselves of the Essential Teaching. I will be editing and updating the existing weekly episodes as we go along.

This series of Weekly Teachings on Christian Meditation is designed for both individual and group use.

Letter 28: Meister Eckhart and Detachment

To understand Meister Eckhart’s emphasis on “detachment” it is important to keep in mind that he distinguishes the two different ways of being we have explored.

Letter 27: Meister Eckhart and our Divine centre

We heard in The Cloudthat what we need to do is to pray “with a gentle stirring of love, desiring him for his own sake and not his gifts”.

Letter 26: Meister Eckhart

“Meister Eckhart is one of the foremost spiritual guides for our time.

Letter 25: The Cloud of Unknowing and Love

In their emphasis on the primacy of Love John Main and the author of The Cloudfollow Jesus’ teaching in the Synoptic Gospels: “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all

Letter 24: The Cloud of Unknowing

The full title of The Cloud of Unknowing is:

Letter 23: Mystical prayer in the 14th century

We have looked at the flowering of mystical prayer in the 3/4thcentury that resonated with John Main and led him to the Christian form of meditation, the apophatic way of prayer.

Letter 22: Meditation and Community

We have looked at the influence on John Main of the teaching of the Desert Fathers and Mothers, in particular Evagrius of Pontus and John Cassian, Celtic spirituality, St Benedict and the writings

Letter 21: Inner Conversion of Heart

We have talked already about the Benedictine vow of Conversion, as it points to the essence of the spiritual path – change in ourselves as a result of the change in our way of viewing the ordinary

Letter 20: The Rule of St Benedict

We can understand John Main’s delight in discovering not only the way of prayer with a ‘formula’ but also the theology that resonated with his own in Cassian’s and Evagrius’ writings.