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The Way of the Wisdom Jesus

An Online Course on Going Beyond the Mind to the Heart of His Teaching

SKU# 9781611805086


Online Course

Shambhala Publications | 10/10/2016
ISBN: 9781611805086


If you put aside what you think you know about Jesus and approach the Gospels as though for the first time, something remarkable happens: Jesus emerges as a teacher of the transformation of consciousness. In this online course, Episcopal priest, teacher, and retreat and conference leader Cynthia Bourgeault serves as a masterful guide to Jesus’s vision and to the traditional contemplative practices you can use to experience the heart of his teaching for yourself. Using her book The Wisdom Jesus as a guide, you will join Cynthia in exploring the teachings of Jesus through the lens of non-duality and kenosis (“letting go”). Throughout the course, Cynthia will guide you in experiencing Christian wisdom practices, including centering prayer, lectio divina, sacred chanting and psalmody, and the welcoming prayer. The course concludes with a celebration of recognition energy: that wellspring inspired by the instantaneous, mutual recognition of hearts.

In this course you will:

    • Contemplate non-dualism as it relates to the teachings of Jesus
    • Explore what kenosis means and connect it to the classic non-dual practice of “non-attachment”
    • Examine “indwelling presence,” or “living remembrance,” with regard to Jesus’s own teachings in the Gospels of John and Thomas, the Eucharist, and the Resurrection
    • Experience Christian wisdom practices, including centering prayer, lectio divina, sacred chanting and psalmody, and the welcoming prayer
    • Explore recognition energy

The course includes:

videoEight 15- to 25-minute downloadable video lessons taught by Cynthia Bourgeault

Practices and reflections to help you integrate the teachings into your practice and daily life
Guided reading assignments with downloadable PDFs from The Wisdom Jesus: Transforming Heart and Mind—A New Perspective on Christ and His Message by Cynthia Bourgeault, PhD
Unlimited access to all course materials


Praise for Cynthia Bourgeault

“There are few spiritual teachers who give us genuinely fresh insight, but even fewer who give us the tools so we can come to those insights for ourselves. Cynthia Bourgeault does both, and does them very well!” —Richard Rohr, OFM, author of Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer
“Bourgeault masterfully takes the best of tradition, history, and recent scholarship, sums it up with clarity, and then respectfully and artfully flings open new doors of insight, wisdom, and possibility. She offers completely unique and stirring insights about Mary Magdalene.”—Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction

Important Note on Browser Requirements

We are partnering with’s online learning platform Canvas to offer this course. Canvas supports the last two versions of every browser release.

Canvas supports the following versions of Flash and popular web browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 11 and Edge
  • Chrome 56 and 57
  • Safari 9 and 10 (Macintosh only)
  • Firefox 51 and 52 (Extended Releases are not supported)
  • Flash 23 and 24 (used for recording or viewing audio/video and uploading files)

We highly recommend updating to the newest version of whatever browser you are using as well as the most up-to-date Flash plugin. If you cannot update your browser to one of the above versions, you will not be able to access this course. Some supported browsers may still produce a banner stating Your browser does not meet the minimum requirements for Canvas. If you have upgraded your browser but still see the warning banner, try logging out of Canvas and deleting your browser cookies.

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