Christian Insight Meditation - Table of Contents

Following in the Footsteps of John of the Cross


288 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9780861715268

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Preface by Thomas Ryan, CSP        
Foreword by Joseph Goldstein       
Editor’s Preface        

Part I: Foundations

1. Purity of Heart: The Teaching and Example of Jesus  
2. The Buddhist Tradition of Insight Meditation  
3. The Carmelite Tradition of Prayer         

Part II: Meditation Instructions and Guidance in Practice    

4. Instructions for Insight Practice: Preparation, Breath, Body, Thinking         
5. Instructions for Insight Practice: Other Senses, Mind-States, Points of Freedom, Walking 
6. Establishing Your Meditation Practice
7. Getting Guidance in Practice
8. The Course of Practice

Part III: Three Levels of Purification: John of the Cross and Theravadan Buddhism Compared

9. John of the Cross on Purity of Conduct: Purification of Disordered Appetites         
10. Teachings of the Buddha on Purity of Conduct: The Gift of Morality          
11. John of the Cross on Purity of Mind: Purification of Intellect, Memory, and Will   
12. Teachings of the Buddha on Purity of Mind: Purification of Mental Contents, Training the Mind          
13. John of the Cross on Purity of Heart: Contemplative Purification   
14. Teachings of the Buddha on Purity of Heart: Wisdom, the Goal of Realization      
15. John of the Cross and the Buddha on Purification of Our Beings: Integrative Summary 

Part IV: Questions Christians Ask          

16. About Prayer, Meditation, Contemplation, and Insight Practice      
17. About Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Church  
18. About Carmelite Prayer
19. About Christian Grace and the Buddhist Dhamma   
20. About Karma, Rebirth, and Purgatory
21. About Buddhist No-Self and the Christian Soul         


Appendix I. Developing the Silence and Awareness Retreat and Christian Insight Meditation         
Appendix II. Resource Aids for Practicing Insight Meditation