Date & Time
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The mystical wisdom tradition of Eastern Christianity is little known in the West, yet it is reminiscent of the mystical spirituality Westerners have sought in the ashrams of India and the lamaseries of Tibet. Professor Kyriacos Markides has been exploring the life and worldview of Christian saints, mystics, hermits, and healers for 30 years, and tonight he will share with us his encounters with the extraordinary world of the sages and miracle workers who he has met in his lifelong quest. He will also show us that there is a clearly identifiable and experiential mystical path within Christianity that has been practiced for hundreds of years, not only in ancient monasteries and convents but also among individuals living in the midst of the modern world.
Topics for discussion and exploration will also include:
- the way to know God; the spiritual laws that govern human existence
- the destiny of the human soul
- the different stages one must go through to attain union with the Divine
- the power of thought, including inner prayer and contemplation for healing self and others
An Evening Workshop
Friday, December 8, 2017, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
Members $40/ Nonmembers $45
New York Open Center
Kyriacos C. Markides, is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maine and author of nine books published by leading publishers in the United States and the UK. Seven of his books, including The Mountain of Science, Gifts of the Desert and his latest Inner River: A Pilgrimage to the Heart of Christian Spirituality are on Christian mystics spiritual guides and elders of Eastern Christianity and are published by Random House/ Image Books. His books have been translated and published in twelve other countries and languages. He has given regular lectures and workshops around the United States, Canada and overseas and appeared on national and international television and radio programs. Professor Markides is the recipient in 2002 of the best professor award in Arts and Sciences at the University of Maine and the 2006.