Donnerstag, 11. September 2014

Da ich an einem Aufsatz über Meditation im Sinne Meister Eckharts arbeite, ist mir eine neue Literaturangabe sehr willkommen. Hier erst einmal der Titel und die Zusammenfassung. Über den Inhalt berichte ich in Kürze.
Cooper, Jeffry (2013): The pathless path of prayer. Is there a meditation method in meister Eckhart. In: Halvor Eifring (Hg.): Meditation in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Cultural histories. 1. publ. London: Bloomsbury, S. 123–135.

'Whoever is seeking God by ways is finding ways and losing God.‘ This and other sayings by the German mystic Meister Eckhart (1260-1328) seem to indicate a clear stance against methodical approaches to meditation and contemplation. Still, Jeffrey Cooper asks if Eckharts‘s writings do not after all point to a meditation method. In line with Eckhart‘s many paradoxical statements about a pathless path and groundless ground, Cooper suggests that the answer to his question is both yes and no, and that Eckhart does give us a venue, if not exactly a method, for meditation. Cooper sceks to locate elements of that venue on the basis of Eckhart‘s sermons, and with reference to contemporary cultural phenomenology. Eckhart's basic attitude is one of detached tolerance for the indeterminancy involved in being at one and the same time both human and divinc, body and soul, caught and free, dark and light. Both hearing and seeing are important, though hearing is closer to God, because it directs the attention inward rather than outward. This opens up a potential receptivity for incarnatio continua, for the simultaneous homnification and deification represented hy Christ, as an ongoing process within each of us. 

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