Perceiving The Divine Through The Human Body: Mystical Sensuality

Hardcover | October 15, 2011

byThomas Cattoi, June McDaniel

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Cattoi and McDaniel present a selection of articles on the role of the body and the spiritual senses--our transfigured channels of sensory perceptions--in the context of spiritual practice. The volume investigates this theme across a variety of different religious traditions, starting from early and medieval Christianity, addressing a number of Eastern traditions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Daoism, and finally touching on some modern forms of spirituality and psychotherapy.

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Cattoi and McDaniel present a selection of articles on the role of the body and the spiritual senses--our transfigured channels of sensory perceptions--in the context of spiritual practice. The volume investigates this theme across a variety of different religious traditions, starting from early and medieval Christianity, addressing a ...

Thomas Cattoi is an Assistant Professor of Christology and Cultures at Graduate Theological Union. June McDaniel is a Professor of the History of Religions at the College of Charleston.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.81 × 5.63 × 0.79 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230119743

ISBN - 13:9780230119741

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Introduction: Spiritual Body, Spiritual Senses: Past and Present--June McDaniel * Part I: Spiritual senses and deified bodies * A Hindu Monk’s Appreciation of Eastern Orthodoxy’s Jesus Prayer: The “Inner Senses” of Hearing, Seeing and Feeling in Comparative Perspective--Joseph Molleur * Indo-Tibetan Tantrism as “Spirit Marriage”--Stuart Ray Sarbacker * Experiencing the Single Savior: Divinizing the Body and the Senses in Tantric Buddhist Meditation--David Gray * The Patristic Roots of John Smith’s ‘True Way or Method of Attaining to Divine Knowledge’--Derek Michaud * Part II: Ascetic practice and embodied transcendence * The Daoist Mystical Body--Louis Komjathy * Daoist Mysticism: Embodiment, ‘Eudaimonia’, and Flow--Laura Weed * Liminality and Ambiguity: the Role of Bodily Suffering in the Mysticism of Christian the Astonishing, Charlotte Radler, Assistant Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University * “The Body Gains its Share”: The Asceticism of Mechthild of Magdeburg--Michelle Voss Roberts * Part III: Embodied Spirituality and Modern Mysticism * Map of Consciousness: New Paradigm for Mysticism and Healing--Fran Grace * The Diamond Approach: Towards an Embodied Spirituality for the 21st century--Ann Gleig * Reading Wisdom with Reich: Proverbs 8-9 as Interpreted through the Psychotherapy of Wilhelm Reich--Neil Douglas-Klotz * Conclusion: The Virtues of Form--Thomas Cattoi