Mysticism

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Effacing the Self

Argues that self and selflessness are aspects of the same insoluble problem at the very heart of modernity.

Process Mysticism

Offers a process philosophical approach to mysticism and mystical religious experience.

An Introduction to the Study of Mysticism

A comprehensive, concise, and easy-to-read introduction intended for undergraduates and general readers interested in the study of mysticism.

Line of Sight

A unique, firsthand account of working with a spiritual master in the midst of "ordinary" life.

The Contemplative Foundations of Classical Daoism

Brings early Daoist writings into conversation with contemporary contemplative studies.

Kabbalah in Print

Demonstrates the impact of print culture on the spread of Jewish mysticism, focusing on Kabbalistic study guides by R. Yissakhar Baer of seventeenth-century Prague.

Keys to the Beyond

Studies the original vocabulary of Frithjof Schuon, its relevance to comparative religion, and the status of metaphysical and theological terms in religion.

The Repose of the Spirits

Major new translation of a unique and important Persian treatise on divine names in the Islamic tradition.

Eternity Now

Demonstrates that Rabbi Shneur Zalman's teachings regarding time and history enabled Habad's growth into a mass Jewish movement.

The Poetry of Georges Bataille

By Georges Bataille
Translated by Stuart Kendall
Introduction by Stuart Kendall
Subjects: General Interest

Presents a new window into the literary, philosophical, and theological concerns of this enigmatic thinker and writer.

Platonic Mysticism

Restores the Platonic history and context of mysticism and shows how mysticism helps us understand more deeply the humanities as a whole, from philosophy and literature to art.

The Enneagram of G. I. Gurdjieff

Explores the meanings of G. I. Gurdjieff’s enneagram.

Philosophy of Mysticism

A comprehensive exploration of the philosophical issues raised by mysticism.

Brain, Consciousness, and God

A constructive critique of neuropsychological research on human consciousness and religious experience that applies the thought of Bernard Lonergan.

On Nietzsche

By Georges Bataille
Translated by Stuart Kendall
Introduction by Stuart Kendall
Subjects: Philosophy

A poetic, philosophical, and political account of Nietzsche’s importance to Bataille, and of Bataille’s experience in Nazi-occupied France.

The Illusion of Will, Self, and Time

Discusses how William James’s work suggests a world without will, self, or time and how research supports this perspective.

Inner Experience

Outlines a mystical theology and experience of the sacred founded on the absence of god.

Thinking through Thomas Merton

Considers the legacy of Thomas Merton and his relevance for contemporary times.

The Triumph of Mercy

Discusses philosopher Mullā Ṣadrā’s commentary on the opening chapter of the Qur’ān.

Splendor of the True

A new anthology of the work of Frithjof Schuon that includes philosophical writings along with a selection of his poems, artworks, and unpublished writings from his personal papers.

Man in the Cosmos

Explores the relationship between the mystical cosmology of G. I. Gurdjieff and the discoveries and theories of modern science.

In Search of the Lost Heart

Renowned scholar William C. Chittick explores the worldview of Islam in a series of essays written over thirty-six years.

The Rose Cross and the Age of Reason

Examines the relationship between diverse iterations of Rosicrucianism and the philosophy of the Enlightenment.

Martin Benson Speaks

The robust memoirs of an unusual twentieth-century seeker and student of G. I. Gurdjieff.

A Soaring Minaret

The development of early Islamic mysticism and metaphysics is presented through the life and work of theologian Abu Bakr al-Wasiti.

Ibn al-ʿArabī's Barzakh

Explores the concept of the Limit (barzakh), which the great Sufi mystic Ibn al-'Arabi used to address the philosophical controversy regarding God's relationship with the world.

Eliphas Lévi and the French Occult Revival

A searching study of Eliphas Lévi and the French occult revival.

An Endless Trace

An impressionistic history of the Western spiritual tradition.

Rūmī's Mystical Design

Reveals the sophisticated design of Rumī’s Mathnawī, showing that this seemingly unstructured work both describes and functions as spiritual training.

The Participatory Turn

Cuts through traditional debates to argue that religious phenomena are cocreated by human cognition and a generative spiritual power.

The Mystic Experience

Explores the human experience of mysticism and looks at it within the spiritual traditions around the world.

The Other Side of Nothingness

Provides an innovative theology based in mysticism, one that acknowledges the pain of spiritual repression and values religious pluralism.

Mystical Moments and Unitive Thinking

Provides an alternative to the traditional psychoanalytic explanation of mystical experience by viewing unitive thinking as a line of cognitive development and mystical moments as creative inspirations on unitive ideas.

Exploring Unseen Worlds

Demonstrates convincingly the extent to which James's psychological and philosophical perspectives also continue to be a rich resource for those specifically interested in the study of mysticism. A critically-sophisticated, yet gripping, immersion into the inner worlds of one of America's foremost thinkers.

Circle in the Square

This book deals with the issue of gender in Jewish mysticism showing the thematic correlation of eroticism and esotericism that is central to the kabbalah.

Self Realization in Kashmir Shaivism

This book presents the oral teachings of the twentieth century's great Kashmir Shaivite master. The last of his long lineage, Swami Lakshmanjoo preserved, as did his predecessors, the oral knowledge that ...

The Experience of No-Self

Explores the journey beyond union, beyond self and God, into the silent and still regions of the Unknown.

The Stanzas on Vibration

In his Doctrine of Vibration, the author presents a synthesis of Kashmir Shaivism—an overview with Spanda as the central theme. Spanda is the vibratory dynamism of the absolute consciousness. In this ...

The Aphorisms of Śiva

The Shiva Sutra was revealed to Vasugupta by Shiva in order to counter the effects of dualism. This revelation initiated the hermeneutics of syntheses and exegesis climaxed by the great Abhinavagupta. ...

Evelyn Underhill

Evelyn Underhill was a pioneer in revitalizing interest in mysticism and in the spiritual life as lived by ordinary people. Here are some of her articles that demonstrate the variety and development of ...