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Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel [Hardcover]

By Thomas Keating (Author)
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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.6" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1.05 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jun 30, 2002
Publisher   Continuum International Publishing Group
ISBN  0826414206  
EAN  9780826414205  

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Outline ReviewFirst published in 1986 and in print--and immensely popular--ever since, Open Mind, Open Heart, by the Trappist Monk Thomas Keating, remains one of the best introductions to a specifically Christian form of meditation. Father Keating gives the reader an overview of what contemplative prayer both is and isn't; he discusses the history of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition and then explores step by step the process of Centering Prayer, briefly exploring its origins in the ancient church and then demonstrating its use as "a sign of one's intention" to surrender to God. Each chapter concludes with questions and answers that provide useful information in an informal context. Here in particular we get a sense of Keating's clarity--and his sense of humor. For example, in response to a question about the sudden experience of happiness in prayer, Keating responds, "You should not take prayer too seriously. There is something playful about God. You only have to look at a penguin ... to realize that He likes to play little jokes on creatures." --Doug Thorpe

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Father Keating gives an overview of the history of contemplative prayer in the Christian tradition, and guidance in centring prayer. Special attention is paid to the role of the Sacred Word, Christian growth and transformation and active prayer, and the contemplative dimension of the Gospel.

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Thomas Keating Thomas Keating is the founder of the Centering Prayer movement, an author, a teacher, and a monk who has worked for many years to foster understanding among the world's religions. A member of the Cistercian Order in the Benedictine tradition, he has served at monasteries in Colorado and Massachusetts and currently directs retreats in the practice of Centering Prayer, a cornerstone of contemporary Christian contemplative practice. He is the author of numerous books, including Awakenings, The Heart of the World, Intimacy with God, and Journey to the Center. He lives at St. Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado.


Thomas Keating currently resides in Snowmass Aspen Snowmas, in the state of Colorado.

Thomas Keating has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Wit Lectures

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Try the Centering Prayer NOW!  Mar 2, 2008
Some spiritual teachings emphasize a self centered quest to know the "answers." in contrast, Keating is focused on transformation as healing. The centering prayer and the way in which it is conveyed is equal to silent contemplation of every other tradition. Highly recommended. It does not matter how often it is done, just remember to do it on a regular basis.
Explains Contemplative Prayer Beautifully  Mar 20, 2007
With his usual blend of grace and love, Father Keating takes the deep topic of contemplative prayer and makes it understandable to all. His Godly reverance and knowledge opens for the reader, doors to deeper communication with our Lord.
Enlightening, inspiring, uplifting, instructive, instrumental....  Jan 13, 2007
I have read a number of books on meditation from east to west, ancient to modern, and I must say that the teaching presented in this book is nearly an overlooked and lost key. I have also had the good fortune to practice a number of meditation techniques, and still I say that this teaching helps to bring it all together in a profound way. I really appreciate his appreciation and humility in seeing the value of other spiritual practices, and does not see them as a threat to "Christian" spirituality. This is touching in a day and age where so many are forgetting the universality of the human condition. The "method" of Centering Prayer and Contemplation is a true invitation towards that perenial evolution of the soul towards, "Be still, and know." If anyone reads this book, there is almost no doubt that there is something that they will learn from it if they are willing to put in the consistent effort of practice. Of course, there are other elements to "meditation" from yogic or buddhist perspectives that would be helpful to those pursuing this path. For that I would recomend the Diamond Sutra, the Miracle of Mindfulness, the Zen Teaching of Huang Po, the Way of a Pilgrim(and/or the Philokalia), Practicing the Presence(Brother Lawrence), and Aligned Relaxed Resilient(the Physical Foundations of Mindfulness). I can't stress how helpful these books can be to those of us who are open minded and open hearted and following the path of surrender to the divine. Thomas Keating is a great guide towards the gentle caress of the Holy Spirit. Even if it's not for you, you will still gain a lot from the try.
Peace and Quiet  Sep 24, 2006
Don't place much trust in the one-star reviews of this book unless you have come to believe that peace and quiet is satanic. Keating lays out a method of meditation which is not meant to become your sole "stairway to Heaven" but is meant to be practiced in addition to reading the Bible, going to Sunday Mass, and practicing corporal works of charity. The practice is Christian and assumes that the Grace of God works on the believer who waits in humble silence.
A life-changing book, a faith-changing book  Apr 21, 2006
This is quite simply the most helpful Christian book I have ever read. Thomas Keating's genuine humility and spiritual wisdom, combined with his excellent skill as a writer, cut through all the myth and miss-information about the almost-forgotten gift of contemplative prayer. In a World (and Church) in which one is constantly bombarded by a thousand voices, opinions, and calls upon one's time and faculties, the method of centering prayer outlind by Fr. Keating is a blessed relief. If you feel as if God's voice and presence have been sucked out of the World, your World, then this is the book for you! Learning this very simple method of prayer, in which one allows all the stressfull feelings and thoughts of life to fall away in order to receive God's gentle, continual renewal, has changed my life and faith forever! But more than that, I found again in this book an idea of God I have carried in my heart for years, but which my experience in the contemporary church had all but extinguished. I found reasurance that the God I hoped for, the God who already accepts me as I am because of Christ and gently leads me forward, is real. Praise God!

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