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The Participatory Turn
The Participatory Turn (December 2008)
Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies
Jorge N. Ferrer - Editor
Jacob H. Sherman - Editor

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

Can we take seriously religious experience, spirituality, and mysticism, without reducing them to either cultural-linguistic by-products or simply asserting their validity as a dogmatic fact? The contributors to this volume argue that we can, and they offer a new way: the “pa...(Read More)
The Teachings of the Odd-Eyed One
The Teachings of the Odd-Eyed One (September 2008)
A Study and Translation of the Virupaksapancasika, with the Commentary of Vidyacakravartin
David Peter Lawrence - Author

A study and translation of a tantric contemplative manual and the commentary on it.

This book offers the first published translation of the contemplative manual Virūpāksapañcasikā, written circa the twelfth century CE, and the commentary on it, Vivrti by Vidyācakravartin. These late works from the Pratyabhij&nti...(Read More)
Like Angels on Jacob's Ladder
Like Angels on Jacob's Ladder (January 2008)
Abraham Abulafia, the Franciscans, and Joachimism
Harvey J. Hames - Author

Explores the career of Abraham Abulafia, thirteenth-century founder of the school of ecstatic Kabbalah.

This book explores the career of Abraham Abulafia (ca. 1240–1291), self-proclaimed Messiah and founder of the school of ecstatic Kabbalah. Active in southern Italy and Sicily where Franciscans had adopted the apocalyptic teachings of Joachim of Fiore, Abulafia believed the end of days was approaching and saw hi...(Read More)
Ibn al-'Arabi's Barzakh
Ibn al-'Arabi's Barzakh (October 2004)
The Concept of the Limit and the Relationship between God and the World
Salman H. Bashier - Author

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.

This book explores how Ibn al-'Arabi (1165–1240) used the concept of barzakh (the Limit) to deal with the philosophical problem of the relationship between God and the world, a major concept disputed in ancient and medieval Is...(Read More)
The Mystic Experience
The Mystic Experience (October 2004)
A Descriptive and Comparative Analysis
Jordan Paper - Author

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

The mystic, zero, or void experience—the ecstatic disappearance of self along with everything else—is considered by those who have had it to be the most beautiful, blissful, positive, profound, and significant experience of their lives. Offering both a descriptive and a comparative perspective, this b...(Read More)
Beholders of Divine Secrets
Beholders of Divine Secrets (October 2003)
Mysticism and Myth in the Hekhalot and Merkavah Literature
Vita Daphna Arbel - Author

A wide-ranging exploration of the Hekhalot and Merkavah literature, a mystical Jewish tradition from late antiquity, including a discussion of the possible cultural context of this material's creators.

Beholders of Divine Secrets
provides a fascinating exploration of the enigmatic Hekhalot and Merkavah literature, the Jewish mystical writings of late antiquity. Vita Daphna Arbel delves into the unique nature of the myst...(Read More)
Lives in Spirit
Lives in Spirit (August 2003)
Precursors and Dilemmas of a Secular Western Mysticism
Harry T. Hunt - Author

Explores the roots of modern transpersonal psychology and spirituality through psychobiography.

Lives in Spirit
explores the dynamic conflicts that both energized and distorted the spiritual development of key precursor figures of a contemporary secular or "this-worldly" mysticism. With its historical roots in the early Gnostics and Plotinus, this characteristically Western spirituality re-emerges with the se...(Read More)
Kernel of the Kernel
Kernel of the Kernel (May 2003)
Concerning the Wayfaring and Spiritual Journey of the People of Intellect (Risala-yi Lubb al-Lubab dar Sayr wa Suluk-i Ulu'l Albab) A Shi'i Approach to Sufism
Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabataba'i - Author
Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Husayni Tihrani - Compiled, edited, and expanded
Mohammad H. Faghfoory - Translator
Seyyed Hossein Nasr - Foreword by

An English translation of a seminal book on Sufism from a Shi'i perspective by an eminent Muslim thinker.

Kernel of the Kernel
is an authoritative work on Sufism from a Shi'i perspective that is not only fascinating, but also contains much practical advice. In addition to providing a theoretical discussion of spiritual wayfaring, it is also the account of a personal fifty-year spiritual journey by Sayyid Muhammad Hus...(Read More)
Mystical Consciousness
Mystical Consciousness (January 2003)
Western Perspectives and Dialogue with Japanese Thinkers
Louis Roy, O.P. - Author

Provides a philosophical account of everyday consciousness as a way of understanding mystical consciousness, drawing on the work of many Western and some Japanese thinkers.

This book offers a philosophical account of ordinary consciousness as a step toward understanding mystical consciousness. Presupposing a living interaction between meditation and thinking, the work draws on Western and Japanese thinkers to develop a ...(Read More)
Gnostic Apocalypse
Gnostic Apocalypse (December 2001)
Jacob Boehme's Haunted Narrative
Cyril O'Regan - Author

Argues that the discourse of Jacob Boehme represents the return of Gnostic thought in modernity after a thousand year hiatus.

Jacob Boehme, the seventeenth-century German speculative mystic, influenced the philosophers Hegel and Schelling and both English and German Romantics alike with his visionary thought. Gnostic Apocalypse focuses on the way Boehme's thought repeats and surpasses post-reformation Luth...(Read More)
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