Written by an anonymous Christian mystic in medieval England, the Cloud of Unknowing provides profound advice and instruction for all persons on the contemplative path. The author believed that the cloud of unknowing that appears to separate us from God cannot be penetrated with the intellect but only through a form of love. Cynthia Bourgeault offers an introduction to the core teachings in this classic text of Christian mysticism, showing how it remains as relevant today as when it was written in the fourteenth century. The topics covered include an examination of the relationship between the active life and the contemplative life; the nature of sorrow of being that may arise in contemplative practice; and the role of apophatic love in the centering prayer practice.
Our thanks to the Contemplative Network Aotearoa for recording this teaching at Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat Centre, Long Bay, Auckland New Zealand: www.contemplative.org.nz (Aotearoa: The Land of the Long White Cloud, the Maori name for New Zealand)
Recorded February 2013, released 2015
10 CD set – Approximate. running time: 11 hrs. As this is a LIVE recording you may notice some audio variability and background noise.
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