A Darkness All of Light

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A Darkness All of Light

Led by Martin Laird OSA  

Saturday 20 July  

10.30 am - 4.00 pm

Cost £30 Concessions £20

Please bring a packed lunch.  Coffee and tea provided



A Darkness all of Light - this line from a poem by Franz Wright serves to focus our day dedicated to the practice of contemplation - through conference and discussion.   


Silence itself has no opposite.  For the silent mind, sound is as silent as no sound.  For the decluttered mind, despair and delight manifest the very same silence we incessantly bodyforth by the simple fact that we are. But for the cluttered mind, such things seem to be at odds.  To explore this, among other things, Fr. Martin will consider such challenges as: the inner noise generated when we try to use contemplative practice to acquire something we think we lack; or get rid of something we would rather not have in our lives; or how the practice of “mindfulness” risks leaving us fixated on ourselves as our own contemplative projects; as well as other special challenges for the maturing contemplative.   


Fr. Martin has lectured and led retreats throughout the US, UK, and Republic of Ireland. He is Professor of Early Christian Studies at Villanova University near Philadelphia and the author of Into the Silent Land, A Sunlit Absence, and his new book An Ocean of Light from Oxford University Press.

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July 20th, 2019 10:30 AM   to   4:00 PM
St Mark's Myddelton Square
The Meditatio Centre
London , EC1R 1XX
United Kingdom

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Phone: 020 7278 2070
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