Title

Approaching Mysticism

Publication Date

1981

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Committee or Advisor Chair

Philip Ashley Smith, M.A., MFCC

Committee Members

Douglas C. Bowman, Ph.D.

Hugh M. Redmond, Ph.D.

Keywords

mysticism, spirituality, Christian mysticism, Zen, transpersonal psychology, character

Disciplines

Buddhist Studies | Christian Denominations and Sects | Psychology | Religion | Transpersonal Psychology

Abstract

My thesis is about mysticism. What I say about it, and how I say it are part of a design. This design or structure, can, I feel, do more than provide an intellectual understanding of what mysticism is about. My contention is that it is possible to build a linguistic construct that can convey, or at least point to, the character of mystical experience. This is, however, extremely difficult and this thesis will explore the difficulties involved. I will do this by explaining the limits of concepts and their relationships to mystical experience. I will examine the mystical components, as they occur, in Christianity and Zen. I will provide a list of Characteristics of what the mystical experience is like and what it is not like. And I will look at my own life as it relates to the Mystic Process.

The purpose of this thesis is:

(1) To establish in the reader's mind the existence of the mystical tradition.

(2) To further an understanding of this tradition.

(3) To further the reader's sense of their own spirituality.

Comments

Department: Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology

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