MEETING THE MOMENT WITH LOVE:
Meister Eckhart’s Practices for Hard Times
with WARD BAUMAN
To understand truth we must become truth. So taught Meister Eckhart, the 14th century Rhineland mystic whose brilliant, enigmatic theology blossomed in a time of great suffering. Like us, Eckhart witnessed astonishing changes brought on by technological innovation, pandemics, climate change, and political violence. Highly respected but controversial during his own era, Meister Eckhart understood that truth was elusive in periods of social transformation. He used his own prayer life to develop non-dualistic teachings that continue to provide a poignant guide for contemplatives of the twenty-first century.
Our retreat leader Ward Bauman first grounds us in Eckhart’s basic ideas on truth, then turns particularly to his teachings on suffering. How we face hard times, Eckhart believed, reveals the quality of our inner being and spiritual development. Ward Bauman offers us experiential reflections and daily practices to help us foster an embodied knowledge of Eckhart’s concepts, wisdom, and intentions.
“This retreat and Ward’s teaching have been life changing for me!”
~ retreat participant
ABOUT OUR GUEST TEACHER WARD BAUMAN
The Rev. Ward Bauman is an Episcopal priest and former Director of the Episcopal House of Prayer on the grounds of Saint John’s Abbey, a Benedictine monastery in Collegeville, Minnesota. He lived in Iran for many years where he studied Sufism and Buddhism. He has published a cookbook, Sacred Food for Soulful Living and a prayer guide, The Anglican Rosary: Meditating with the Mystics, as well as co-authored, The Luminous Gospels: Thomas, Mary Magdalene, and Philip. He considers his spiritual mentor to be the great Christian German mystic Meister Eckhart.