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Wandering Joy

Meister Eckhart’s Mystical Philosophy

Meister Eckhart Translated and Introduced by Reiner Schürmann Foreword by David Appelbaum

304 pp.  
6" x 9"

Lindisfarne Books


Published:  June 1997


  • "There are two births—one is into the world, and the other out of the world, that is, spiritually into God. Do you want to know if your child is born? If you reach a state where you feel neither suffering nor vexation from whatever may happen, so that suffering is not suffering for you and that all things are sheer joy to you, then the child is truly born." —Meister Eckhart

In this remarkable work, Reiner Schürmann shows Meister Eckhart, the thirteenth-century Christian mystic, as the great teacher of the birth of God in the soul, which shatters the dualism between God and the world, the self and God. This is an exposition of Eckhar's mysticism—perhaps the best in English—and, because Eckhart is a profound philosopher for whom knowing precedes being, it is also an exemplary work of contemporary philosophy. Schürmann shows us that Eckhart is our contemporary.

Schürmann describes the threefold movement of detachment, release, and "dehiscence" (splitting open), which leads to the experience of "living without a why," in which all things are in God and sheer joy. Going beyond that, he describes the transformational force of approaching the Godhead, the God beyond God:

  • "A man who has experienced the same no longer has a place to establish himself. He has settled on the road, and for those who have learned how to listen, his existence becomes a call. This errant one dwells in joy. Through his wanderings the origin beckons."

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