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Eugene Gendlin and Mysticism: Exploring the edges and bridges with Meister Eckhart

  • 5 May 2022
  • 7 May 2022
  • Online

That Eugene Gendlin had a special relationship with the medieval German mystic Meister Eckhart was already evident from the fact that he had his sermons and treatises on that nearby shelf next to his work-armchair, where otherwise only his own manuscripts were waiting for further processing. Meister Eckhart‘s book was literally close at hand.

In this experiential workshop, In this workshop, Donata intends to curiously explore edges and bridges between Gendlin’s process-thinking and Meister Eckharts' approaches.

Presented by The International Focusing Institute - Donata Schoeller

May 5-7, 2022

That Eugene Gendlin had a special relationship with the medieval German mystic Meister Eckhart was already evident from the fact that he had his sermons and treatises on that nearby shelf next to his work-armchair, where otherwise only his own manuscripts were waiting for further processing. Meister Eckhart‘s book was literally close at hand.

In Donata's first article on Gendlin, she compared his philosophy of the implicit with mystical approaches of the Renaissance time. To her surprise, Gendlin was enthusiastic. On that occasion she realized how deep his understanding of mystical philosophy is. He took special pleasure in talking with Donata about Meister Eckhart, whose sophisticated mystical thinking was the source for major philosophical schools to come. That is why Meister Eckhart is regarded as one of the inspirational sources of a modern thinking, being oriented toward the individual and radically relational at the same time. While parts of his work were forbidden by the church for centuries, he has become a kind of spiritual hero in our time, highly cherished for his open minded and existentially exciting thinking. Because of the strong affinities one finds to Buddhist thinking, Meister Eckhart has also become a dialogue partner between East and West.

In this workshop, Donata intends to curiously explore edges and bridges between Gendlin’s process-thinking and Meister Eckharts' approaches. An obvious entry are the passages Gendlin underlined and emphasized in his copy of Meister Eckhart’s work.

There will be presentations by Donata, we will read some of these passages, and we will relate and “cross“ their approaches. And of course, we will do exercises inspired by both of their texts. This will support us to explore our own path, our own mysteries, questions and intuitions. In this way will read in their books and we will read in the “book of our own experience“. Together with “Master” Gendlin and “Meister” Eckhart, we will think about the challenges, paradoxes and gifts of lived selfhood.

Donata Schoeller is a philosopher who teaches at the Universities of Koblenz and Iceland. She wrote her PhD on Meister Eckhart. Her Habilitation (a second PhD necessary for the tenure track in the German speaking world) is based and inspired by many years of research of Gendlin’s philosophy. She is the academic director of the interdisciplinary program "Training in Embodied Critical Thinking, in which five universities participate. The program is funded by the European Erasmus + Funds for Strategic Partnership in Higher Education. Donata Schoeller has published extensively on Gendlin’s philosophy. With Christiane Geiser, she has also translated A Process Model into German. In close collaboration with Eugene Gendlin and Neil Dunaetz, she has written a first introduction to this oeuvre. She is a Focusing trainer giving year long courses in Switzerland. As a TAE-teacher she is invited internationally to teach at Universities and Academies. She has three daughters and lives in Switzerland and Germany. For more information, see donataschoeller.com

Thursday May 5 though Saturday May 7, 2022 at 8:00am - 11:00pm PT

(Three 3-hour sessions Thursday, Friday, and Saturday)

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: $115 - $265

Registration info: Contact The International Focusing Institute with any questions: Phone: (845) 480-5111 Email: elizabeth@focusing.org

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https://focusing.org/event/eugene-gendlin-and-mysticism


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