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  • The Contemplative Way: The Mind of Christ
    Christian tradition An emphasis will be given to meditation as a grounding place in learning to live a more contemplative way of life in the midst of today s world Time will be given for group meditation personal reflection and discussion of the themes presented The topics covered in the conferences include Our call to enter into the ongoing mystical heritage of the Christian tradition Simple guidelines for practicing meditation

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/retreats/mindofchrist.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • The Contemplative Way: Zen as a Path of Spiritual Fulfillment
    as a Path Jesus and Buddha Following the Mystics Jim s Download Store Videos Books Meditation Group Jim s Newsletter About Jim Finley Contact Us Subscribe Links Zen as a Path of Spiritual Fulfillment A retreat exploring Zen as a path of spiritual awakening The emergence of Zen in the Buddhist tradition will be introduced The differences and similarities between Zen and the contemplative Christian traditions will be clarified Emphasis will be given to the universal relevance of Zen as a way of becoming a truly awake compassionate human being The topics covered in the conferences include Who was the Buddha What is Zen Buddhism The universal truth of Zen as present in all world religions and in life itself Zen Meditation using koans Zen Meditation Just sitting The Heart Sutra The Diamond Sutra Eihei Dogen The Zen way of life Thomas Merton The way of Christian Zen Suggested Reading Thich Nhat Hanh The Heart of The Buddha s Teachings The Diamond that Cuts Through Illusion The Heart of Understanding Suzuki Shunryu Zen Mind Beginners Mind Aitken Robert Roshi The Gateless Barrier Abe Maseo A Study of Dogen His Philosophy and Religion Loori John Daido The Art of Just Sitting

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/retreats/zen.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • Jesus and Buddha
    differences between Christianity and Buddhism an emphasis is given to four noble truths as universal principles of spiritual awakening and fulfillment We will explore the ways in which each noble truth is present in the teachings of Jesus The striking affinity between the Buddha s teachings and teachings of Meister Eckhart Thomas Merton and other Christian mystics will be explored 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 historical Buddha Who is the living Buddha Who was the historical Christ Who is the living Christ The first noble truth Accepting and understanding the pervasive nature of suffering and discontent in our lives How Jesus invites us to become aware of suffering so that we might seek healing 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 Jesus teachings on discerning obeying and trusting in God s will embodied in the unfolding circumstances and events of daily life The third noble truth of nirvana Awakening to a deep abiding peace and happiness in the midst of life as it really is The Good News of the Gospel in which we awaken to the peace that surpasses understanding The fourth noble truth consists of the eightfold path along which we learn to awaken to the deep abiding peace of nirvana in the midst of life as it is We will see how this path consists of a daily life of love and compassion for ourselves others and all sentient beings Grounding this compassionate love in a commitment to daily meditation we grow in the wisdom of finding happiness by helping

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/retreats/JesusBuddha.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • Following the Mystics Through the Narrow Gate
    Merton Rather than focus on any single mystic we will instead zero in on the ways in which each mystic attempts to help us to understand and pass through the following critical phases of our journey of spiritual awakening The topics covered in the conferences include Recognizing and passing through the obstacle we encounter as we begin to enter this vast interior realm of the Spirit Discovering that struggling with and passing through these obstacles propels us yet deeper in the toward the gate through which we pass through into God Noting the methods and ways of praying and meditating that tend to accompany and enhance each phase of spiritual awakening In arriving at gate discovering it is narrow in the paradoxical sense in which only God and all that is of God passes through Anything that we try to take with us through the gate that is less than God gets stuck But as we learn to let go of all that is less than God as the source of our security and identity we pass with ease through the gate into God In passing through this gate we are surprised to discover we do not go anywhere Rather we simply awaken to God who from the beginning has been passing through gate into us Finally we will learn how each mystic attempts to help us prepare for the life of love that blossoms in passing through this gate Seeing self through eyes at once God s and our own that we are generosity of God we are moved to be generous and loving toward ourselves as precious in our fragility Seeing others through eyes at once God s and our own that others are the generosity of God we are moved to be generous in our love for

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/retreats/mystics.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • Dr. Finley's Audio Recordings
    introduces Dr Finley at the February 2007 CMED Institute conference In this series of free streaming audio you can listen to Dr Finley reflect on the story of Jesus encounter with the women at the well In the reflection he parallels the womens experience with the spiritual understanding of Theresa of Avila John of the Cross Meister Eckert and other mystical writers Listern to Part 1 Listern to Part 2

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/books/freeRecordings.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • Contemplative Way Newsletter
    have and most likely will continue to have openings to attend either by staying at the site of the retreat house or by commuting or staying at a nearby hotel About three more retreats will be added soon which should finalize my planned retreats for 2016 Those of you planning to attend a retreat I will be giving this coming year have been asking me to get out my schedule so you can make your plans for the year Secondly The Contemplative Journal has video recorded a retreat I gave at the Spiritual Center of my parish Saint Monica Church in Santa Monica California This four hour video recorded retreat titled Exploring the Foundations of Contemplative Living will be streamed on the Internet one session a week for four weeks beginning December 2nd You can find out more about this streamed retreat by going to Streamed Retreat If you decide to order these four retreat conferences I suggest you consider this as an opportunity to go on a private four week retreat by viewing and reflecting on each week s session as part of your daily quiet time for prayer and meditation You can also reflect on the passages cited from the writings of Thomas Merton and other Christian mystics to help ground yourself in the foundations of contemplative living The third item I want to mention here is that I just discovered that by going to YouTube videos and search for James Finley on the Internet you will find quite a few video recordings of me giving talks at various retreats and gatherings Where do these things come from At any rate I will include here the link to a conference that I gave this year on Teresa of Avila s Interior Castle at King s College in London

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/newsletter/contemplativeliving.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • Contemplative Way Newsletter
    of conceiving and giving birth to a child There is the angelic visitation of discovering a gift or talent that you are invited to cultivate and share for the benefit of others There is the angelic visitation that comes as a quiet recognition of being interiorly drawn into a deeper wordless communion with God in prayer As you make your list the angelic visitations that have transformed your life I encourage you not to overlook the visitations that have come into your life in moments of sorrow and loss and other forms of suffering The angel is not the suffering itself but rather the transformative effects of all you experienced and learned about yourself in your efforts to free yourself and others from suffering Then too there are the angelic visitations that come our way in those moments we realize that we are being asked to accept some ongoing source of suffering that we are powerless to free ourselves from The angel is not the ongoing pain and loss itself but rather the intimate and mysterious ways that we learn to experience the deep mystery of God as a presence that protects us from nothing even as God unexplainably sustains us in all things You will also want to include in your list of the angelic visitations those moments you were asked to acknowledge and repent of all those times you said no instead of yes to God calling you to love and forgive yourself and others as God so tenderly loves and forgives you come what may You might want to consider that the angels that come to visit in your sincere repentance are perhaps the same angels that came to console Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane For is it not true that the tears of repentance can teach us things about the mercy of God few other things can And as you make your litany of angelic visitations you and God can carefully go over your list together As you do so you may discover this prayerful remembrance of the angelic visitations in God s presence will evoke an angelic visitation of your renewed and deepened awareness of all the ways Christ is born in your life day by day And finally be sure to ask for the grace to be ever more open and receptive to the angels waiting their turn to awaken you and draw you into the each visitation that lies hidden in all your unknown tomorrows And among the flock of angels that have yet to arrive in our life there is among them the angel of death that is quietly and patiently willing to be last until the time comes to take you home You might be inclined to explore a more distilled contemplative way to ground yourself in your experience of the angelic visitations in your life You can do this by sitting still and straight As you inhale sincerely receive each inhalation as an angelic visitation in which you are

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/newsletter/contemplativeLivingDec15.cfm (2016-04-30)
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  • Contemplative Way Newsletter
    likely will continue to have openings to attend either by staying at the site of the retreat house or by commuting or staying at a nearby hotel About three more retreats will be added soon which should finalize my planned retreats for 2016 Those of you planning to attend a retreat I will be giving this coming year have been asking me to get out my schedule so you can make your plans for the year Secondly The Contemplative Journal has video recorded a retreat I gave at the Spiritual Center of my parish Saint Monica Church in Santa Monica California This four hour video recorded retreat titled Exploring the Foundations of Contemplative Living will be streamed on the Internet one session a week for four weeks beginning December 2nd You can find out more about this streamed retreat by going to Streamed Retreat If you decide to order these four retreat conferences I suggest you consider this as an opportunity to go on a private four week retreat by viewing and reflecting on each week s session as part of your daily quiet time for prayer and meditation You can also reflect on the passages cited from the writings of Thomas Merton and other Christian mystics to help ground yourself in the foundations of contemplative living The third item I want to mention here is that I just discovered that by going to YouTube videos and search for James Finley on the Internet you will find quite a few video recordings of me giving talks at various retreats and gatherings Where do these things come from At any rate I will include here the link to a conference that I gave this year on Teresa of Avila s Interior Castle at King s College in London England The link

    Original URL path: http://www.contemplativeway.org/newsletter/contemplativelivingNov15.cfm (2016-04-30)
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