Mystics, Sages, and Saints: Archetypes of Spiritual Excellence

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Mystics, Sages, and Saints: Archetypes of Spiritual Excellence

  • Christopher Newport University
12 Lectures (4 CDs)
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This course will inspire you and enrich your understanding of the great spiritual traditions.

Your guide is Dr. Kenneth Rose (Ph.D., Harvard University), an acclaimed expert in comparative religion. Under his tutelage, you’ll discover the lives and teachings of eleven holy persons throughout the ages and from around the world. Each of these legendary men and women helped bridge Eastern and Western spirituality. By examining their respective religious traditions, you will gain a deeper appreciation of world religions and interfaith dialogue.

Dr. Rose will help you place these paragons of faith in their historical contexts, showing you how they came to be such extraordinary channels of spiritual power and wisdom. But this brilliantly taught course goes beyond merely identifying a collection of figures of historic and religious import. Through their individual stories, you’ll also:

  • Grasp the lifeblood of religions like Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity.
  • Examine the wisdom of both foundational figures (Aquinas, the Buddha) and modern spiritual masters (the Dalai Lama, Thomas Merton).
  • Meet lesser-known men and women whose thought was ahead of their time.

The wisdom of each of these men and women is not only influential but also profound, moving, and beautiful. Through their words and actions, you will discover new ways to deepen your spiritual wisdom and knowledge of world religions.

Orient yourself within the sublime tradition of mysticism as you take inspiration from the lives of Dr. Rose’s hand-picked Mystics, Sages, and Saints

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • Introduction: Learning from Mystics, Sages, and Saints
  • Thomas Merton: Globalizing Mystic
  • The Buddha: Finding the Path to Spiritual Freedom and Supreme Happiness
  • Plotinus: Drinking from the Fountain of Being
  • Dionysius the Areopagite: Unknowing the Unknowable God
  • Meister Eckhart: Taking Leave of God for God’s Sake
  • Swami Vivekananda: You Are All Divine, Not Sinners
  • Neem Karoli Baba: Swimming in an Ocean of Love
  • Anandamayi Ma: The Saint Who Knew Only the Self
  • Marguerite Porete: The Mirror of Simple Souls
  • Abhishiktananda (Henri Le Saux): Pioneer Catholic Pluralist and Non-Dualist
  • Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi: Peerless Guide to the Direct Path
About Your Presenter

Dr. Kenneth Rose is a leading expert on word religions. He holds an M.Div. from Harvard University Divinity School and an M.A. and Ph.D. in the Study of Religion from Harvard University. At Harvard, he was a Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions. Currently Senior Research Fellow at The Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, California), he is also an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Christopher Newport University, where he teaches courses on world religions, Christian spirituality, comparative mysticism, and philosophical theology.

Dr. Rose is an expert on theologies of religions, comparative mysticism, and contemplative methods. His publications include Yoga, Meditation, and Mysticism: Contemplative Universals and Meditative Landmarks (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016), Pluralism: The Future of Religion (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), and “Pluralism and the Upaniṣads,” Journal of Vaishnava Studies (Fall 2010). Influenced as much by the Bhagavad Gītā as by Thomas Merton and the Buddha, Dr. Rose has engaged in a lifelong quest to understand and practice spirituality in light of the most sublime mystical texts in the world’s wisdom traditions.


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Customer Reviews (2)
Loss of focus
The mystics listed are excellent, however, he reveals very little of their nature, what they were about. He gave interesting tidbits that he thought were important yet he did not do much with them. I wish this one was done with more forethought. You still don't know much about the mystics after listening. I was inspired to look them up, however. I wish he had a better focus instead of his moving around so much on the topic. Review by Thomas J. (Posted on 2/7/2018)
Dr. Rose's presentation is like sitting around a campfire listening to a great storyteller
I thoroughly enjoy listening to Dr. Rose and am a nascent student of Thomas Merton's legacy and that of other important mystics. Review by Jerome (Posted on 2/1/2018)
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