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

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Author Wayne Teasdale believes that we're entering the "Interspiritual Age," when a new civilization will be formed–a global culture based on common spiritual values. "Such a universal society will draw its inspiration from perennial spiritual and moral insights, intuitions, and experiences," Teasdale predicts. Throughout this ambitious book, Teasdale examines the world's religions and highlights the underlying beliefs and yearnings that will ultimately link humankind.

Nonetheless, Teasdale is also a proponent of spiritual diversity, urging readers to protect and study their own indigenous religions (or in many cases the religions of their childhoods) before rejecting them. In his glowing introduction, the Dalai Lama also speaks to the importance of preserving religions while simultaneously joining forces to create a more spiritually evolved and compassionate planet. In his final chapters, Teasdale offers ideas for cultivating a more spiritual life. Although his suggestions aren't startlingly original ("Gravitate toward silence," "Always leave the door of hope wide open.") they are tried and true and well worth the reader's time and investment. –Gail Hudson

Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: New World Library (March 2, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157731140X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1577311409
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces

Customer Reviews

A Mystic’s View

46 people found this helpful.
 on July 26, 2002
By Amazon Customer
As one who practices in the mystic tradition of dzogchen, I greatly appreciate the insight and effort of Teasdale to articulate a universal perspective of spirituality. I share his approach to integrating core understandings of the great traditions and his desire to transcend (though not eliminate) differences. Far from “tedious,” as one reviewer saw it, I thought that it was well written and easy to follow. Two reviewers criticized the book for failing to articulate each of the various traditions’ or mystics’ perspectives. They are correct. It does not. Yet that is not his purpose. There are other sources if that is what one is seeking. Rather, he is illustrating the interspirituality found in these diverse mystical traditions. Granted that his perspective is colored by his own Catholic tradition, but he is clearly open to and appreciative of what other traditions bring to the table. I thoroughly enjoyed the the book, one of the best I have read outside of those in my own tradition (my own bias showing here ), and I highly recommend it!

How we can be one

31 people found this helpful.
 on November 3, 2002
By John Rice
The Second Vatican Council issued a document called Nostrae Aetate, which called for dialogue among all religions in terms of prayer and spirituality. The Cistercians and Benedictines were commissioned to lead this dialogue. Since that time there have been cross spiritual or interspiritual dialogue among Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Moslems and others. Wayne Teasdale is a Benedictine monk who has spent considerable time studying the religions of the east. In this book he writes of the different emphases of these religions as well as their commonality. He maintains that spirituality is the work of all religions and cultures. He blends insights from spiritual masters of the east and west. For Christians, Teasdale notes how some practices in eastern religions match those of Christianity. The devotion to the Sacred Heart is much the same as the eastern practice of being one with God in compassion. The united presence of all people and God relates to the Cathgolic devotion to the Eucharist.

The Mystic Heart

30 people found this helpful.
 on January 31, 2000
By Gary T Mallalieu
Review by Bill Williams, Hartford Current, CT, USA January 8, 2000 Submitted by Gary T. Mallalieu

An Inspiring Book!

8 people found this helpful.
 on May 5, 2002
By Everardo Pedraza
Brother Wayne Teasdale’s book is an inspiration for all readers

The Mystic Heart

14 people found this helpful.
 on March 15, 2000
I love this book and I really enjoyed sharing some time with Bother Wayne to talk about some of the many, many insights and information he presents in his book. It is lucidly written and is organized very logically. However, rather than plow through it, I found myself pausing frequently to ponder or contemplate various points or observations Wayne shares.

In Memoriam

8 people found this helpful.
 on November 1, 2004
By Steven Byrne
Wayne Teasdale passed away unexpectedly a few days ago.

Teasdale shows us the "mystic" inside each of us

9 people found this helpful.
 on October 27, 1999
By James J. Barry
The Mystic Heart is an exceptional book for an average reader who is interested in things spiritual…over and over again Teasdale points out the practical experiences that can lead any of us to a mystical spiritual Teasdale says: ” Everyone of us is a mystic. But whether we know it or not, whether we accept it or not, mystical experience is always there, inviting us on a journey of ultimate discovery .” Teasdale helps us discover our true selves.

An Invitation to All Budding Mystics

6 people found this helpful.
 on January 26, 2000
By helping hand
Brother Wayne’s roots go down deep. He is firmly rooted in the Catholic contemplative tradition, but incredibly open to and curious about the world’s religions and the cross-fertilization now occuring as members of different faiths meet in dialogue. He has participated for many years in the Hindu-Christian and Buddhist-Christian dialogues. This work now finds expression in his discription and discussion of ‘interspirituality’ – a spirituality for the new millenium.

Opens the door to a new world!

4 people found this helpful.
 on May 20, 2002
By Phillip
Great book. I normally don’t read books of this nature, but was pleasantly surprised with this one. Wayne Teasdale gives the reader concepts that can be applied to give their heart and mind a sense of peace, at the same time making the world around them a better place.

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