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Mysticism : holiness East and West

Author: Denise Lardner Carmody; John Carmody
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
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"The particulars of a mystical experience color and shape its essence. But as Denise and John Carmody tell us, be it a Native American vision quest, or the intense soul-wrenching experience of a great storm, or a passionate love, or a dialogue in deep prayer with a personal divinity - any of these can be considered a mystical episode, if it draws us into a direct encounter with ultimate reality. In Mysticism:  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Comparative studies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Denise Lardner Carmody; John Carmody
ISBN: 0195088182 9780195088182 0195088190 9780195088199
OCLC Number: 32274316
Description: 323 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Hinduism --
Buddhism --
Chinese and Japanese traditions --
Jewish traditions --
Christian traditions --
Muslim traditions --
Mysticism among oral peoples.
Responsibility: Denise Lardner Carmody, John Tully Carmody.
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An introduction to the concept of mysticism and its practice in each of the world's major religions. For each religion, the authors provide a description of the history and doctrine of mysticism and  Read more...

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