1. Content Intense interest in meditation is a sign of the times. People of all faiths as well as of no faith engage in meditation. Students will be introduced to the richness of the Christian meditative tradition (Catholic and Orthodox) and led to discover how their specific spiritual gift is located within the divine trajectory. This unit will study Christian meditative techniques, ancient and modern, which emphasise the ‘wordless’ dimension of prayer, such as Christian Meditation and Centering Prayer. They will explore in-depth at least one of the great teachers of the Christian mystical tradition. They will come to a clearer understanding of the specific identity of Christian meditation with reference to other traditions such as Buddhism, Sufism (Islam), Daoism and ‘mindfulness’.

Unit Code: DS8600C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Outline the history and practice of the Christian tradition of meditation


Articulate the essential forms, expression and nature of Christian meditation in the context of other religious traditions


Explain the place of Christian meditation in the Catholic tradition, especially in relation to its liturgical context


Describe ancient techniques of prayer, including sacred words, icons and symbols


Articulate some of the implications of Christian meditation for everyday life and experience


Undertake research and analysis of meditation in the Christian Tradition in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner




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3000-word essay

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3000-word essay

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-13 15:21:04 +1000