Wisdom Schools have two purposes. The first is to make available to Christians the breadth and depth of their own Christian heritage, paying particular attention to new resources and insights that come to us from the Near East and our own Western mystical tradition. In a growing network of North American Wisdom Schools, we have delved deeply into Thomas Merton, Jacob Boehme, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Gospel of Thomas and Gospel of Mary Magdalene, and book such as The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three, Meditations on the Tarot, and The Cloud of Unknowing. A core textbook for much of the Wisdom School program has been The Roots of Christian Mysticism by Olivier Clement.
The aim of Wisdom School has been to recover the true catholicity of the Christian tradition by returning to our own wellsprings. The wider tradition is unanimous, however, in its assertion that the deeper Christianity cannot be known by the mind alone; it requires a transformation of the entire being. That is our second—and in fact, primary—purpose. From time immemorial there have been wisdom schools to raise human consciousness and transform society, and we work with the core practices that sustain the transformation of consciousness: meditation, contemplative prayer, lectio divina, the language of sacred gesture, and the daily practices of mindfulness, inner observation and surrender.
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NOTE: An established Centering Prayer practice is recommended to attend Wisdom School. Information about the practice of Centering Prayer can be found HERE.
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