Meditatio Centre - 3 talks on Meister Eckhart (2018)

Deep Simplicity: The Freeing Wisdom of Meister Eckhart

with Prof. Mark S. Burrows, Ph.D.

Saturday, October 4, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. – 4 pm

“The eye with which I see God is exactly the same eye with which God sees me. My eye and God’s eye are one eye, one seeing, one knowing, and one love.”

                                                                  Meister Eckhart


A day retreat for those who hunger for the freedom of simplicity in their lives, and yearn for a more spacious mind and heart. Our guide will be Meister Eckhart, a medieval Dominican friar and one of Christianity’s greatest literary and spiritual voices. The radical freshness of Eckhart’s imagery and the universality of his teaching have attracted spiritual seekers, both Christian and non-Christian alike, across the centuries. Indeed, John O’Donohue once remarked that “into this clutter of the spiritual industry, the clarity of Meister Eckhart’s teaching shines like a light that refreshes and relieves.” This retreat offers the chance to probe the depths of the Meister’s wisdom, drawing on selections from his sermons together with poetic renderings of his teaching as voiced by the retreat leader.

Mark Burrows is well known as a scholar of medieval theology and retreat leader as well as for his work as poet and translator. A long-time resident of New England, he currently serves as professor of religion and literature at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Bochum (Germany). He is the author of many books and articles, including a new translation of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Book of Hours, Prayers of a Young Poet (2016), a volume by the celebrated Iranian-German poet SAID, 99 Psalms (2013), and two volumes of poems inspired by Meister Eckhart’s writings: Meister Eckhart’s Book of the Heart: Meditations for the Restless Soul (co-written with Jon M. Sweeney, 2017) and Meister Eckhart’s Book of Secrets. Meditations on Letting Go and Finding True Freedom (2019). His most recent collection of poems is The Chance of Home (2018).



9.30 am                            Registration

10 to 11 am                      I:  Meister Eckhart’s Life & Times: Prophet, poet, or heretic?

11 am     Coffee

11.30 to 12.45                 II: The Freedom of “emptiness”: Eckhart on letting go

12.45                                 Meditation

1:15                                      Lunch

2 to 3.30 pm                   III: “All things are God”: Eckhart’s call to creativity

3.30pm                            Meditation

4pm                                   Tea and close