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A Sister for Christian Community, Meadow is also vowed to the Theravadan Buddhist nun's precepts. Mary Jo has studied with Joseph Goldstein and Sayadaw U Pandita. She is a retired university professor in psychology of religion, and has been teaching vipassana since 1987. In addition to simple vipassana instruction, Mary Jo offers vipassana as a method for Christian meditators and those working 12-step recovery programs. She teaches through Resources for Ecumenical Spirituality. Kevin G. Culligan is a leading scholar of spirituality and a founding member of the Institute of Carmelite Studies. Fr. Daniel Chowning is a Carmelite friar and priest who studied theology at The Catholic University of America, Washington DC, at the University of Salamanca, Spain, and at the International Centre for Teresian / Sanjuanist Studies in Avila, Spain. He has led Silence and Awareness retreats since 1989. He is an authority on the teachings of John of the Cross as well as other Christian mystics such as Teresa of Avila. Joseph Goldstein has been leading insight and loving-kindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. He is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Massachusetts, where he continues as one of the resident guiding teachers. In 1989, together with several other teachers and students, he established the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and, later, The Forest Refuge. A seminal figure in the emergence of Buddhism in the West, Joseph is the author of numerous books including One Dharma. He lives in Barre, Massachusetts.
"A wonderfully clear explanation and a very practical guide."--Tom West, O.F.M., Ph.D., Associate Prof. of Pastoral Theology, The Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, CA. "This book lucidly shows us how much Christian insight meditation supports the purifying path to God and self-knowledge taught by the great Carmelite Christian contemplatives, John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila. Such detailed and practical wisdom, steeped in both personal experience and classical Christian and Buddhist spiritual writings, can be of great help to the serious meditator. I highly recommend this book for anyone seeking a serious contemplatively-oriented meditation practice aimed at a truer, freer life available to God's grace moment by moment."--Tilden Edwards, Founder and Senior Fellow, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation