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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.


Description

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.


Reviews

'This collection of essays emerges from a lively collaborative project among scholars of mysticism who employ diverse critical approaches to explore the theme of embodied spirituality in various religious traditions both East and West, as well as some contemporary esoteric movements. Framed by the editors' own insightful analyses, these essays make a convincing argument that we must quite literally 'come to our senses' in order to understand humanity's persistent quest for knowledge of divine reality.' –Arthur Holder, Dean, Graduate Theological Union

'Perceiving the Divine through the Human Body is an ambitious effort to reenergize the doctrine of the spiritual senses for the twenty-first century. By historical investigation, theological reflection across several religious traditions, and attention to the current frontiers of spiritual exploration, contributors team up to mend the rift between body and soul, narrow the gap between God and creation, and draw the academic and spiritual worlds back into conversation. A welcome contribution to the necessary new study of mysticism.' - Francis X. Clooney, SJ, Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University

'This volume brings together current research on the spiritual senses for the discipline of religious studies and theology. It provides an accessible, insightful analysis of spirituality and spiritual senses in different mystical traditions, and it forges the way for a new approach to the question of embodied spirituality.' - Patrizia Granziera, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, Cuernavaca- Mexico

'Religious traditions throughout the world have taught that the body, the senses, and the emotions are not only bases of suffering, sin, or confusion but also potential vehicles of salvation, liberation, and enlightenment. Although the intellect's soteriological role is often seen as crucial, it is the totality of embodied existence that is the very substance of ultimate transformation and liberation in the history of religions. Modern theology and religious studies in the West lost sight of this. The richly developed studies in this volume provide an important corrective for our time.' - John Makransky, Associate Professor of Buddhism and Comparative Theology, Boston College


Contents

Introduction: Spiritual Body, Spiritual Senses: Past and Present; J.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; J.Molleur
Indo-Tibetan Tantrism as 'Spirit Marriage'; S.R.Sarbacker
Experiencing the Single Savior: Divinizing the Body and the Senses in Tantric Buddhist Meditation; D.Gray
The Patristic Roots of John Smith's 'True Way or Method of Attaining to Divine Knowledge'; D.Michaud
PART II: ASCETIC PRACTICE AND EMBODIED TRANSCENDENCE
The Daoist Mystical Body; L.Komjathy
Daoist Mysticism: Embodiment, 'Eudaimonia', and Flow; L.Weed
Liminality and Ambiguity: the Role of Bodily Suffering in the Mysticism of Christian the Astonishing; C.Radler, Assistant Professor of Theological Studies, Loyola Marymount University
'The Body Gains its Share': The Asceticism of Mechthild of Magdeburg; M.V.Roberts
PART III: EMBODIED SPIRITUALITY AND MODERN MYSTICISM
Map of Consciousness: New Paradigm for Mysticism and Healing; F.Grace
The Diamond Approach: Towards an Embodied Spirituality for the Twenty-First Century; A.Gleig
Reading Wisdom with Reich: Proverbs 8-9 as Interpreted through the Psychotherapy of Wilhelm Reich; N.Douglas-Klotz
Conclusion: The Virtues of Form; T.Cattoi


Authors

THOMAS CATTOI Assistant Professor of Christology and Cultures at Graduate Theological Union, USA.

JUNE MCDANIEL Professor of the History of Religions at the College of Charleston, USA.