7 Paths to God: The Ways of the Mystic by Joan Borysenko

By Joan Borysenko

Joan Borysenko explores the ways that mysticism can input into your existence. You don't need to climb a mountain or trek via Nepal to adventure a magical second; what you do need to research is to be totally found in your way of life and to open up the intense within the mundane. This booklet teaches readers tips on how to do that of their lives.

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At that time, this seminary was located on the coast. In 1953, the Benedictines began constructing a new monastery and seminary on this hill overlooking the city of Mission and the Fraser Valley. The monks first lived here when the original buildings were completed in 1954. They gradually added more buildings as funds allowed. The monks finally completed the Abbey’s church in 1982. Now around thirty Benedictines live here. It is the church itself that attracts the visitor’s attention. Outwardly, it is only a concrete stylization of a traditional church, but on the inside, abstract stained glass windows light up in multiple colors as sunlight floods through them.

The Dalai Lama uses the material of the Gospels as a launching point for a discussion of Buddhist doctrines. But the discovery of a shared, cross-religious morality is not the most interesting aspect of his talks. It is his asides that provide the most food for thought. For example, he remarks that when he visited Lourdes, he could feel a tangible sense of the sacred. Holy places become “charged,” he says. He also remarks that the way Jesus would sit with his disciples around him is precisely the way a traditional Indian teacher would teach.

In their quest for “prayer without ceasing,” the Desert Fathers interviewed by Cassian developed methods for cultivating this stillness. They had learned of the need to free themselves from worldly thoughts. In the fifth or sixth century, a more uncompromising teaching emerged. It is not merely worldly thoughts that come between ourselves and God; it is all thoughts. God, according to this point of view, is beyond anything the intellect can conceive, and any form of thinking can only get in the way.

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