A series of talks on silent prayer and
contemplative living in today's world
Programme for 2020
Monday 20 April 2020; 10:30am - 4:30pm.
Speaker: Rev Dr Cynthia Bourgeault
Title: The Secret Embrace: Unpacking the Final Teaching of Thomas Keating
In the last five years of his life, Thomas Keating underwent a profound spiritual transfiguration, taking him far beyond our usual understanding of the final, or “unitive,” stage of the spiritual journey--and even beyond the roadmaps he himself so brilliantly constructed and taught for more than forty years. Surprisingly, this journey to the mystical wellsprings of selfhood is conveyed to us in the form of eight short poems, spare in format but searing in intensity. As Thomas forges more and more boldly beyond the boundaries of individual selfhood into the creative spaciousness of pure silence, he joins ranks with Meister Eckhart, St. John of the Cross, Bernadette Roberts, and a handful of other Christian mystics to radically extend our understanding of nondual attainment from a Christian kenotic perspective.
In this all-day teaching retreat, Cynthia Bourgeault will lead us through each of these poems, unpacking the challenging journey toward the final liberation they portend while rooting us firmly yet again in the daily disciplines of silence and surrender which make such a journey possible.
Venue: The Barn 24 Greencoat Place Victoria, London SW1P 1RD
Refreshments provided. Please bring a packed lunch Suggested donation £30.
Places are limited so please book early through Eventbrite.
We would advise you to book online but if you wish to book by post please send a cheque to
Silence in the City, 77 Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 4TW Please write the speakers name on the back of the cheque, and don't forget to include a stamped addressed envelope.
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