The Mystery of Death: A Holy Isle Wisdom School

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In this evocative teaching Cynthia Bourgeault invites us to consider life and death through the illuminating lens of Hungarian-born Jesuit Ladislaus Boros, drawing from his mystical classic The Mystery of Death.

Following Boros’ lead, Cynthia invites us into an exploration of the moment of death, from both a personal and Christological perspective. We are asked how we can live more fully into Boros’ challenging, key insight that “Death gives man the opportunity of posing his first completely personal act; therefore, it is the moment above all others for the awakening of consciousness, for freedom, for the encounter with God…” What difference would it make in our lives here and now if we believe and act from this insight? How would that impact the choices we make, the priorities we set? What might be required of us to grow into such a trusting intimacy with our own death? Finally, how might Jesus’ passage through the same sacramental moment have subtly shifted the foundations of the world?

From the majestic remote island of Holy Isle just off the coast of Scotland, Cynthia Bourgeault and a group of retreatants ponder these questions and more. Through engaging with these recorded sessions from that event, we can ponder these questions in our current context and into the future, sourcing from the marrow of our own lives.

All course teaching sessions were recorded live in June 2022, at the Holy Isle Wisdom School based on Ladislaus Boros’ book The Mystery of Death.  This course includes over 10 hours of video and audio content, slightly edited for technical clarity but preserving both the content and the flavor of the remarkable original event.

Course price: $125. If you cannot afford the course price, please contact us for our discounted rate.

The Mystery of Death: Awakening to Eternal Life by Ladislaus Boros, S.J. (published by Monkfish, re-released 2020 with forward by Cynthia Bourgeault).

Course images of Holy Isle are provided courtesy of Nick Jones.

Cynthia Bourgeault

Cynthia Bourgeault is a modern day mystic, Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader. She divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage and a demanding schedule traveling globally to spread the recovery of the Christian contemplative and Wisdom paths. Her roots are firmly planted in the Benedictine monastic tradition and her wisdom is tempered by daily mindfulness and embodiment practice. You can learn more about Cynthia here.