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The Mystic Heart: Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the World's Religions

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Drawing on experience as an interreligious monk, Brother Wayne Teasdale reveals the power of spirituality and its practical elements. He combines a profound Christian faith with an intimate understanding of ancient religious traditions.
Paperback, 308 pages
Published March 9th 2001 by New World Library (first published October 31st 1999)
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Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is both a summary of various mystic traditions and practices, as well as a guidebook to a life in mystic spirituality. It is well-written, well-researched, with a style and tone equally balanced between scholarly neutrality and personal conviction. It is a book worthy of re-reading.

Compared with other developed countries, US is highly religious measured by statistics of surveys and church membership. Yet our psychological life is hoisted mostly by our concerns of personal wealth, consu
Kevin Fuller
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Teasdale offers this book of Hope to anyone who has ever had a hint or glimmer of the transcendent impede in their lives. I owned this book for at least five years before finally picking it up to read, and am glad I finally gave the thing a chance. Most other books on Mysticism concentrate on various Traditions (good) yet offer only one way along the path, that being inward and subjective (not so good). As a refreshing alternative, the author covers the same various Traditions such as Hindui ...more
David Metting
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
This book presents an incredible vision of what the author terms "Interspirituality." One of my professors said "God is one mountain and there are many paths to reach the top." In the depths of my spirit do I believe this to be true. Wayne Teasdale argues, convincingly, in my opinion, that mysticism is the strongest indicator of the different religions' essential unity. A great read, though at times an information overload. I heartily recommend it, though fundamentalists of any stripe will no do ...more
Oct 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a well- written and informative book. This will appeal to both scholars and informed lay readers. The author combines a Christian faith with an understanding of the world's religions with a good explanation of universal spirituality... ...more
Leroy Seat
Jun 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-devotional
There is a lot of good information in this book, but also some misleading (and inaccurate) material. I also thought it was not very well organized.
Michael Chrobak
Aug 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Although this book was a tremendous resource in terms of defining the comparisons of various beliefs and cultures, I feel it was lacking in the ability to describe the path to mysticism. Perhaps it was my judgment of the nature of the book to consider it to be more practical and less theoretical, but I was drawn to it for the purpose of inspiration. At no time, other than very early on, did I find myself drawn into a stronger desire for a monastic or mystic lifestyle, nor did I find much definit ...more
Jessica Davidson
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysticism
An inspiring guide to mysticism and spirituality, providing a necessary balance to religious fundamentalism and secular pluralism. Whatever your tradition, whether you see yourself as a mystic or not, this book is an excellent place to start developing a deeper understanding of the variety of faiths we share and find the common values on which we can build a future worth living for. Full review: ...more
Nov 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: about-mysticism
This is a wonderful book about mysticism as an element in all religion, and interfaith dialogue about it. It explores the story of interfaith dialogue since the late 19th century, as well as aspects of and topics about mysticism.
Jan 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
One of the best I have ever read. I still refer to it.
Aug 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
The Centering Prayer by Thomas Keating is especially rewarding if practiced consistantly.
Feb 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Powerful stories. Another important book for the Interfaith movement.
Aug 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book reiterated my views that spirituality is not exclusive and that people find it through their own personal mystical experiences.
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Caitlin H
I finished this book over a week ago, & have been trying to write up a review ever since. I liked this book, don't get me wrong. It is a calm, & calming, kind of book, due to its subject matter & the way Wayne Teasdale writes. It's a very hopeful book, which feels incredibly poignant when you see it was published in 1999. Even so, it's still powerful; it gives a vision of what all the spiritual paths could achieve by working in concert.

There were some "off" things that jumped out at me, though.
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Excellent coverage of the World's religions with special emphasis on the mystical. The book is about interspirituality/intermysticism and the need we have. The author has special knowledge of Christian and Hindu mysticism and gives personal experience in those areas. I enjoyed this as well as his discussion on Tibetan Buddhism. He emphasizes the whole person in such things as art, music, movement and not just sitting or reading. I loved his discussion of Nature spirituality. This book is packed ...more
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Need more stars - this book was life-changing for me, and is a must-read for anyone who's ever hungered for a more meaningful life, especially if you've ever been dissatisfied with religion. ...more
Brett Folkman
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
It was likely great 20 years ago, but it is very out-dated.
Dec 29, 2010 marked it as to-read
Shelves: theology
this books seems try to cover all the mystic tradition - could be a shallow (albeit wide) discussion - we will see
Stevie Booth
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
From what I remember this was a great book.
Oct 23, 2008 is currently reading it
wow... I am enjoying the author's vision. Its easy to get lost in the forest if you only see the trees. This is a beautiful study of religions, spirituality and mysticism. ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Es acerca de espieitualidad, no religión, me gusta mucho.
Jan 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
A difficult read but worth it. Describes the mysticism common to all religions and offers a vision of the future spiritual journey as more about finding our true nature as mystics.
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. It's beautiful. ...more
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