Enlightenment Ain't Stuff
Tell your friends that your (or their) enlightenment just ain't what it's cracked up to be. After all Enlightenment Ain't a a T-shirt, a Mug, a bumper sticker or a Doggie T-shirt! At least we don't think so.
Hey, we all take our spiritual lives waaaay too seriously not to kid around about them!
Other Books by Robert K.C. Forman
Grassroots Spirituality: What it is, Why it is here, Where it is going.
A penetrating description and analysis of the recent growth in popular and unofficial spiritual movements especially in North America
"Grassroots Spirituality is an incredible piece of work! Well thought out and well written." — Rachel Harris, Ph.D.,
"Offers an outstanding and impressive report which reveals a surprising and pervasive theological agreement within the Spirituality Movement." — Angeles Arrien, Ph.D.
"Robert Forman is in a unique position to inform us about grassroots spirituality." — Harvey Aronson, Ph.D
Mysticism, Mind, Consciousness
In an exploration of mystical texts from ancient India and China to medieval Europe and modern day America, Robert K. C. Forman, one of the leading voices in the study of mystical experiences, argues that the various levels of mysticism may not be shaped by culture, language, and background knowledge, but rather are a direct encounter with our very conscious core itself.
"Mysticism, Mind, Consciousness is a groundbreaking book that could well become a classic in the field–vital reading for anyone interested in the twin phenomena of consciousness and mysticism."
The Problem of Pure Consciousness
Are mystical experiences formed by the mystic's cultural background and concepts, as "constructivists" maintain, or do mystics sometimes transcend language, belief, and culturally conditioned expectations? Do mystical experiences differ throughout the various religious traditions, as "pluralists" contend, or are they somehow ecumenical? The contributors to this collection scrutinize a common mystical experience, the "pure consciousness event"–the experience of being awake but devoid of intentional content–in order to answer these questions. Through the use of historical Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, and Jewish mystical writings, as well as those of modern mystics, the contributors reveal the inconsistencies and inadequacies of current models, and make significant strides towards developing new models for the understanding of mystical phenomenon, in particular, and of human experience, in general.
The Innate Capacity
This book is the sequel to Robert Forman's well-received collection, The Problem of Pure Consciousness (Oxford, 1990). The essays in the earlier volume argued that some mystical experiences do not seem to be formed or shaped by the language system–a thesis that stands in sharp contradistinction to deconstruction in general and to the "constructivist" school of mysticism in particular, which holds that all mysticism is the product of a cultural and linguistic process. In The Innate Capacity, Forman and his colleagues put forward a hypothesis about the formative causes of these "pure consciousness" experiences. All of the contributors agree that mysticism is the result of an innate human capacity, rather than a learned, socially conditioned and constructive process.
"An engaging contribution to what is not only the most heated debate in the study of mysticism, but perhaps in all of religious studies…..Highly recommended for individuals or classes on mysticism."
–Religious Studies Review
Meister Eckhart: Mystic as Theologian
Lead Amazon Review
The great Christian mystic, Meister Eckhart, has puzzled scholars for 650 years. Robert Forman has found a way to unlock his writings. In "high ramification" or stilted language, Eckhart develops his philosophical ideas. But in "low ramification" or ordinary language, Eckhart communicates his mystical experience. By using this method of sorting out Eckhart's writings, Forman is able to chart out the stages in Eckhart's mystical development. At the highest mystical level, Eckhart elaborates ideas that are a great achievement for the Christian tradition – letting go, living in the eternal Now, and being empty and free. Eckhart's ideas have provided fruitful ground for dialogue with other religious traditions. We should be thankful that Robert Forman has made Meister Eckhart understandable to all.