Author: Carissa Wyant

This lesson explores a variety of practices relating to the belief in the existence of realities beyond perceptual or intellectual apprehension that are present within various religions.
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Terms to Know
  • Advaita (non-dual) consciousness

    An altered mental or emotional state in which the person no longer experiences a difference between the internal and external.

  • Anatman

    In Buddhism, the experience of the loss of self, usually combined with mystical religious experience.

  • Chant

    An often-repetitive song that aims to induce a state of spiritual receptivity in the worshiper.

  • Contemplative Prayer

    An attempt to put oneself in contact with the sacred/divine via clear and quiet thinking.

  • Ecstasy

    A state of intense spiritual joy and/or physical pleasure.

  • Meditation

    A practice that aims to clear the mind in order to be receptive to divinity.

  • Mysticism

    A religious approach that emphasizes one's personal experience of divinity and/or the presence of divinity over philosophical or rational approaches.

  • Shunyata

    In Buddhism, “emptiness” that leaves one more receptive to enlightenment through prayer and contemplation.