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Meister Eckhart, who has been called the "Father of German Thought", was a Dominican monk and one of the most profound thinkers of the Middle Ages. He was born about 1260 AD in Thuringia and died at Cologne 1327 AD. In 1295, he was Prior of the Dominicans at Erfurt and Vicar-General of Thuringia. In 1300, he was sent to the University of Paris, where he studied Aristotle and the Platonists and received the degree of Master of Arts.

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Very rich and extensive coverage of his works.

Very rich and profound. The narrator did a great job too. He seemed to pronounce each word with a sense of the weightiness of meaning that is worthy of Eckhart's sermons.

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More than Eckhart!

I was very happy to find that in addition to the Sermons of Meister Eckhart this also includes sermons from Tauler, Suso, and the Theologica Germanica.

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  • 01-24-21

Disappointing

I am no theologian, and was sad to find that at around Chapter 8, the Sermons gave way to an extensive and rather murky commentary, drawing on a goodly company of ancient, medieval and modern theologians with a sowing of untranslated Middle High German quotations which I didn’t quite catch.
Here I have to admit a bias: I come to Eckhart from Taoism and Ch’an (Zen) whose writings are necessarily sparse, attracted by the rumour that Eckhart’s spirituality was akin.
A main problem here is that the reading is uninspiring, tending to a monotone. Now, I do not underestimate the difficulty of rendering these sermons. However, I could have hoped for a more expressive, resounding presentation.
I mistrust collections of memorable extracts and wish to hear the full contexts. I have collections, in the original and in translation to which I now will go.
One thing I have learnt is that the contortions and controversies which are suffered by those trying to define the nameless. Why bother: the ineffable is ineffable. The Ancient Chinese Masters got that first! Still, I have high hopes of Eckhart!