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Composed during a critical time in the evolution of European intellectual life, the works of Meister Eckhart (c. 1260-1327) are some of the most powerful medieval attempts to achieve a synthesis between ancient Greek thought and the Christian faith. Writing with great rhetorical brilliance, Eckhart combines the neoplatonic concept of oneness - the idea that the ultimate pr ...more
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Published August 25th 1994 by Penguin Classics (first published 1941)
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Meister Eckhart was born around 1260 but some of the insights he writes about are pertinent today almost 800 years later. The book is a selection of his writings, often philosophical and mostly theological, concerning God and the soul. The key message of the book is that when there is nothing between you and God (not even images which our mind inadvertently creates when we “think”) then that is when we are closest to him. He believed that one’s intellect is not something that is passive but only ...more
Glen Grunau
Sep 17, 2014 Glen Grunau rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ultimate truth is and should always be elusive, not easily grasped by the finite and limited human intellect. Perhaps the mystical writers help us to grasp this best of all spiritual teachers. They know the dangers of trying to contain the vast expanse of eternal truth within a minute and limited human intellect. They know the treachery of the ego that will try to contain God with human knowledge and understanding.

Meister Eckhart perhaps captures this best in his infamous quote from his 22nd ser
Daniel Prasetyo
May 07, 2012 Daniel Prasetyo rated it really liked it
Great introduction to Meister Eckhart teachings, but I more recommended The Complete Mystical Works of Meister Eckhart..
Apr 25, 2007 Genevieve rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: theology buffs, Dominican lovers
Crazy old Dominican who's writings were declared heretical. Sounds interesting, right? Wrong. It's totally metaphysical, speculation about the body, soul, God, the oneness of all matter . . . Eckhart was a big neo-Platonist, and many of his followers eventually became members of the Free Spirit heresy. But unless you really like theology, it is very dull.
Karl Schissel
Dec 27, 2007 Karl Schissel rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone suffering loss.
Change perception, change experience.
Feb 27, 2013 Nranger7 rated it liked it
Too religious for my tastes.
Jul 12, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it
Meister Johannas Eckhart has a marvelous way of explaining Christian theological concepts in pure and simple language and metaphor. Eckhart also tackles one of the difficult questions facing Christian practice (incidentally also a major stumbling block in Buddhism in a way) of how one can both desire the fruits of grace AND maintain a selfless love of God. For Eckhart even the splendors of faith have to be negated in order to remove obstacles between the soul and God.

I will never quite be Eckhar
Lewis Shaw
May 29, 2015 Lewis Shaw rated it really liked it
A wonderful (in its truest sense) collection of writings with a conversational intimacy. There is a great amount here to inspire and think upon, even for a psychologised, William Jamesian conception of God, akin to the great mystics of other traditions such as Ibn Arabi. Much here is concerned with the individual and living, rather than grand metaphysical system building, and so remains largely immediate and not maddeningly esoteric.
May 08, 2011 Richard rated it it was amazing
Sincerely surprised about how much I liked this book! I thought it'd be trolling through dry medieval theology to find some gems (the stuff usually quoted in other books) but, literally with the exception of a few of the "sermons" in the second half, the book was beautiful. It is inspirational, moving and life-changing. This is one of the enlightened ones who truely got it - one who sets a high bar for others to reach.
Sep 16, 2007 Tiffany marked it as to-read
Li-Young Lee has a serious crush on Meister Eckhart, so I do too. I'll report back on my findings.
Dan Lurie
I found this heinously long and confusing. I really had to push myself to finish.
Nov 27, 2014 Kym rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Always love Meister Eckhart.
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Eckhart von Hochheim, commonly known as Meister Eckhart, was a German theologian, philosopher and mystic, born near Gotha, in Thuringia.

Meister is German for "Master", referring to the academic title Magister in theologia he obtained in Paris. Coming into prominence during the decadent Avignon Papacy and a time of increased tensions between the Franciscans and Eckhart's Dominican Order of Preache
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