A week ago I returned here to Incarnation Monastery in Berkeley, and the next day received the author’s copies of Yoga and the Jesus Prayer (O Books). This is my latest book, but not entirely new. Although totally rewritten, it contains the core material from Yoga and the Jesus Prayer Tradition: An Experiment in Faith, published in 1984 by Paulist Press.
People have been looking for this out-of-print book for years now, and copies have been put up on on eBay and Amazon for ridiculous prices: 70 or 80 dollars. Now for just $22.95 ( or even less, with Amazon’s discount) you can read my comparison of Tantric Yoga and Greek Orthodox mysticism, or better said, my parallel reading of the tenth-century yogis of Kashmir and a Byzantine saint from the same period, to see where their respective experiences may converge.
In this new edition I also share some of my personal experience of yoga practice and meditation as a disciple of the disciples of Paramahansa Yogananda and later as a Christian monk in Big Sur, Italy, and India.
During the retreat I gave the weekend before last, at the Camaldolese hermitage in Big Sur, I drew on this book, focusing on the theme of kundalini awakening as a fire sacrifice. We meditated together, with the help of a simple breathing practice taught in the ancient Vjñana-Bhairava Tantra, and at the center of our meditations was the sacrifice of Jesus, made present in the daily Mass celebrated with the monks.