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  • The Contemplative Way Retreat Hosting Page
    Store Videos Books Meditation Group Jim s Newsletter About Jim Finley Contact Us Subscribe Links Contemplative Way Retreat Hosting Instructions If you would like to host a retreat with Dr Finley please complete and submit the following form Please check the list of retreat topics on the left hand menu for a possible retreat topic Please review the Retreat Format page for Dr Finley s preferences regarding daily schedules and room arrangements Dr Finley does not handle retreat registration You will need to provide the name and contact information of a registrar or the process for participants to make their retreat reservations All the fields need to be completed Please type NA in any field that is not applicable Retreat Topic and Date Retreat Topic Prefered Date Alternative Date Your Contact Information Your First Name Your Last Name Your E mail Address Confirm E mail Address Telephone Fax Hosting Facility Information Facility Name Facility Web Site Facility Address Facility City Facility State Facility Zip Facility Country Registration Contact Information Registration Contact Registration Phone Registration Email Registration Website Travel Arrangements Dr Finley prefers to use his own travel agent for flight arrangements The agent s name is Debbie Her phone number

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  • The Contemplative Way Retreat Format
    am meditation 9 30 am conference 11 00 am final sharing 12 00 lunch departure Note on Silence Most of my retreats are in silence Participants are encouraged to maintain silence in the conference room so those who wish to arrive early or stay after the conference can meditate The meals are in silence with an optional separate room for those who wish to speak while they eat and all are encouraged to maintain a spirit of silence throughout the weekend being careful if they do speak to do so in manner that does not disrupt the communal silence of the weekend Sometimes of course the group attending the retreat the particular setting etc does not make this much silence practical or desirable in which case the silence is adapted to fit the group Note on the Liturgy or Prayer Service The suggested time for liturgy is of course based on the availability of a priest at that time If the schedule of the retreat house has a set time for the liturgy or if lacking a priest at the retreat house a nearby church is used then the schedule is adapted accordingly In ecumenical settings the time for liturgy or prayer service is adapted to the group In some instances an additional period of sitting and walking meditation is provided instead of a prayer service Seating for Myself I give my talks seated at a small table If the group is large my table and chair can be on a platform or a stage Or I can be seated at floor level on a high stool at a lectern provided the lectern does not have a built in audio system or other structures that prevent me from putting my legs under it Seating for the Participants I prefer the

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  • The Contemplative Way: Four Noble Truths
    All A retreat exploring how the four noble truths of the Buddha can help us live a more contemplative way of life in the midst of today s world Each noble truth will be introduced and carefully explored noting its presence in the teachings of Jesus and the mystical traditions of all the world s great religions An emphasis will be given on how the four noble truths help us find true spiritual fulfillment for ourselves and others Time will be provided for group meditation personal reflection and discussion of the themes presented The topics covered in the conferences include Who was the Buddha The first noble truth Accepting and understanding the pervasive nature of suffering and discontent in our lives The second noble truth Understanding that suffering arises from our desire to want life to be other than it is By craving and aversion we perpetuate the very suffering we are trying to avoid The third noble truth of nirvana Awakening to a deep abiding peace and happiness for ourselves and others in the midst of life as it really is The fourth noble truth consists of the eightfold path along which we learn to awaken to the deep

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  • The Contemplative Way: St. Theresa's Interior Castle
    s Newsletter About Jim Finley Contact Us Subscribe Links The Interior Castle of Saint Theresa of Avila In this retreat experience we will explore Saint Theresa of Avila s classic work The Interior Castle We will allow Theresa to guide us through the mansions of our own soul until we come to the seventh and innermost mansion in which God lives An emphasis will be given to the actual experience of the challenges potential stuck places and mystical awakenings that we experience in this interior journey through our own soul to discover God within and beyond us calling us to divine union The topics covered in the conferences include Who was Theresa of Avila The overall plan and vision of her book The Interior Castle The first three mansions the interior struggles and blessings of recognizing and letting go of all that hinders our spiritual awakening The fourth mansion The dawning of the more mystical dimensions of our interior journey The fifth and sixth mansions The progression from reflective prayer to the prayer of quiet to the prayer of union The seventh mansion Mystical marriage As the rain falling into the river becomes the river we become non distinct from

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  • The Contemplative Way: The Cloud of Unknowing
    In this weekend retreat we will explore the simple and highly effective guidelines for the practice of contemplative prayer that are found in this classic work An emphasis will be given not only to the actual practice of contemplative prayer but also the Cloud of Unknowing s insights into broader questions of becoming the contemplative man or woman God is calling us to be Time will be provided for group

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  • The Contemplative Way Retreat
    his book The Contemplative Heart James Finley will first provide a basic way of understanding what a contemplative way of life is The emphasis will then be given to the practical day by day ways in which we can cultivate more habitual contemplative awareness of the God given Godly nature of our daily lives Time will be given for group meditation personal reflection and discussion of the themes presented The

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  • The Contemplative Way: Meister Eckert
    us to open our mind and heart to a profound experience of God s oneness with us in the intimate details of our everyday lives Time will be given for group meditation personal reflection and discussion of the themes presented The topics covered in the conferences include Introduction Who was Meister Eckhart The guiding principles of his teachings Setting out on the path of detachment Dying to the illusions that imprison us The Birth of the word in the soul As detachment deepens we discover God to be the reality of ourselves others and all things Breakthrough into the Godhead Passing into the divine mystery that we and all things manifest Suggested Reading Colledge Edmund trans Meister Eckhart The Essential Commentaries Treatises and Defense New York Paulist Press 1981 Davies Oliver Meister Eckhart Mystical Theologian London SPCK publishing 1991 Forman Robert Meister Eckhart Mystic as Theologian Rockport Massachusetts 1991 Fox Mathew Breakthrough Creation Spirituality in New Translation New York Image Books 1980 Kelly C F Meister Eckhart on Divine Knowledge New Haven Yale University Press 1977 McGinn B The Mystical Thought of Meister Eckhart New York Herder and Herder 2001 McGinn Bernard Meister Eckhart Teacher and Preacher Paulist Press 1986

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  • The Contemplative Way: Christian Meditation
    The Way of Meditation A Meditation Intensive Retreat A silent retreat providing an opportunity for extended periods for sitting and walking meditation Both beginners and more experienced meditators are welcome There will be one hour of sitting and walking meditation on Friday night an opportunity for five hours of sitting and walking mediation on Saturday and an additional two hours on Sunday morning Everyone will be encouraged to pace themselves in accordance their own abilities and experience Some may choose not to participate in all the group meditation sessions Others may choose to sit on their own for additional periods of time The conferences will draw from both Christian and Buddhist sources in focusing on meditation as a way to pass beyond theories and ideas into an intimate experience of God s oneness with us in life itself The topics covered in the conferences include Breathing sitting still and other bodily aspects of meditation as paths of spiritual awakening Thoughts memories and desires as the mental aspects of spiritual awakening Compassion as the love dimension of meditation that grounds us in the social ecological aspects of spiritual awakening Some concluding words of encouragement and guidance for following the way of

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