School of Contemplation
Contemplation is very simple and very deep. It is as ancient as humanity, and it is fresh and contemporary. It is woven throughout all the religious traditions and has thrived at the margins of each. Often people who have come to life in those margins have become the prophets and artists of their tradition, and they often have more in common, regardless of tradition, than they experience with non-contemplatives of their own faith. In recent decades, there has been new life found in contemplative practices because of the way that they have helped people to find peace in anxious times and to stay connected with the roots of their faith when shallower ideas have been questioned.
The School of Contemplation is a weekly exploration of the history and practice of contemplation in ancient Christian and other traditions. Students, staff and faculty will be learning together from contemplative authors like Richard Rohr, Thomas Merton, Catherine Doherty, and many others, while experimenting with contemplative practices like centering prayer, the Examen, and Taize chants. Come join us weekly on Mondays after lunch!
And it is at these times, which eventually become all times, that the Reality becomes so real to us that a word or a movement of the heart can no longer adequately respond to it. Our whole being must say “yes.” This is contemplatio. – Basil Pennington