Do not imagine that your reason can grow to the knowledge of God. (German sermon 4, trans M.OC. Walshe)

Suggested Reading

Before the bibliography itself, here is a suggested reading list for those coming to Eckhart for the first time:

Davies, Oliver (1991) Meister Eckhart: Mystical Theologian. London: SPCK.

Davies, Oliver (ed. and trans.) (1994) Meister Eckhart: Selected Writings. Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Demkovich, Michael OP (2005) Introducing Meister Eckhart (illustrations by Robert Staes OP; foreword by Timothy Radcliffe OP). Ottawa: Novalis.
Who was Meister Eckhart? How do his teachings speak to readers to-day? Michael Demkovich presents the prophetic life and controversial work of Meister Eckhart who continues to appear in the work of feminist, Buddhist, New Age and traditional Christian writers. The book is divided into three parts: a biography of Meister Eckhart; an explanation of his teaching on the Soul; and a walk through his spirituality using words and images – the way Eckhart taught during his lifetime.

McGinn, Bernard and Colledge, Edmund (eds. and trans.) (1981) Meister Eckhart, The Essential Sermons, Commentaries, Treatises and Defense. New York: Paulist Press.

McGinn, Bernard and Tobin, Frank (eds. and trans.) (1987) Meister Eckhart: Teacher and Preacher. New York: Paulist Press; London: SPCK.

McGinn, Bernard (2001) The Mystical Thought of Meister Eckhart: The Man from whom God hid Nothing. New York: Crossroad-Herder.
This work is a full interpretation of the mysticism of Meister Eckhart, which surveys the whole range of his Latin and German works. It shows how Eckhart’s mysticism centres on his radical conception of the ‘ground (grunt)’, the fused identity of God and human. Demonstrating Eckhart’s genius as a philosopher, theologian, exegete and preacher Bernard McGinn weaves the various aspects of the Meister’s mystical teaching into a detailed interpretation of how all things within and without God proceed out of the hidden divine ground by way of exitus or uzbruch and return to it (reditus or durchbrechen) through the realization of fused identity in the human intellect.

Pierce, Brian OP (2005) We walk the Path Together: Learning from Thich Nhat Hanh and Meister Eckhart: Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.
Through reflections on the Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat, and Meister Eckhart, this book celebrate the common spiritual ground shared by Christians and Buddhists.

Schürmann, Reiner (2001) Wandering Joy: Meister Eckhart’s Mystical Philosophy. Great Barrington, MA: Lindisfarne Books.
This remarkable work shows Meister Eckhart as the great teacher of the birth of God in the Soul, who shatters the dualism between God and the world, and the self and God. It is not only an exposition of Eckhart’s mysticism, but also an exemplary work of contemporary philosophy.

Smith, Cyprian (2004) The Way of Paradox: Spiritual Life as Taught by Meister Eckhart. London: Darton Longman and Todd.


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