- 04 Oct | Book Study: Into the Silent Land
Wednesday 4th October, 7pm
Into the Silent Land
A Guide to the Christian Practice of Contemplation
by Martin Laird
Sitting in stillness, the practice of meditation, and the cultivation of awareness are commonly thought to be the preserves of Hindus and Buddhists. Martin Laird shows that the Christian tradition of contemplation has its own refined teachings on using a prayer word to focus the mind, working with the breath to cultivate stillness, and the practice of inner vigilance or awareness. But this book is not a mere historical survey of these teachings. In Into the Silent Land, we see the ancient wisdom of both the Christian East and West brought sharply to bear on the modern-day longing for radical openness to God in the depths of the heart.
Join us at Via Napoli 58, on the second floor as we begin our journey through this book.
There will be three sessions this Fall:
October 4th: Introduction and Chapter One
November 8th: Chapters Two to Four
December 6th: Chapters Five through the epilogue
Each session will consist of discussion of the relevant chapters and a potluck supper. We will provide soft drinks and water: please email Carter Leer or post on the Facebook event page to say what you are bringing.
Copies of the book are available from the Parish Office (donations welcome), or you can purchase them on your own.