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The Mystic Heart


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Brother Wayne Teasdale is a lay monk who combines the traditions of Christianity and Hinduism in the way of Christian Sannyasa, the life and dedication to the quest for God.


Teasdale is a sannyasa, or Hindu monk, who also practices Roman Catholicism and serves on the board of trustees of the Parliament of the World's Religions. Here, he proclaims the advent of a new movement toward "interspirituality"--one that claims as its heritage all valid spirituality from any and all faiths. Teasdale distinguishes "spirituality" from "religion," explaining that "Being religious connotes belonging to and practicing a religious tradition. Being spiritual suggests a personal commitment to a process of inner development that engages us in our totality." For the author, religion is a potential means to the greater end of genuine spirituality, which is highly mystical. Teasdale identifies what he considers the main elements of true spirituality and their manifestation in various religious traditions. Although he is Catholic and the book appeals to the unity underlying all traditions, most of his terminology derives from Buddhist and Hindu sources. Teasdale's style is gentle and winsome. Those who disapprove of eclecticism in religion will at least find this a clear presentation to react against, while those who share Teasdale's optimistic vision of the coming age as fostering spiritual unity among diverse peoples will consider the book an inspirational guide. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

"* "Those who share Teasdale's optimistic vision of the coming age as fostering spiritual unity among diverse peoples will consider the book an inspirational guide." - Publishers Weekly * "In this book Brother Wayne explores what he calls interspirituality. He shares his deep respect for and knowledge of the world's religions, relates examples from the lives of many great spiritual practitioners, and illuminates the traditions' wonderful commonalities. The Mystic Heart is a work of great inspiration." - the Dalai Lama"

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