Meditation and Wholeness


Rev. Assoc. Prof. John Dupuche (coordinator)
Six Saturdays, 2020
29 February; 18 April; 2, 9 May
25 July; 1 August
10.00am – 4.30pm
This unit investigates the power of words to both heal and injure in the contexts of body, mind and spirit. Students will examine in particular those forms of meditation, especially Lectio Divina, which focus on the capacity of Biblical words to enlighten and transform. It will also show the role of Christian rituals concerned with the healing of soul and body. The unit will examine those meditation techniques which are used to enhance wellbeing and healing, including the healing of memory and physical and psychological illnesses, for such persons as the frail, the house-bound and those in need of palliative care. It will analyse methods of approaching guilt and loss.  

Census Date

Tuesday 7 April 




intensive mode: 10.00am — 4.30pm


  • one 2,500-word essay 40%
  • one 4,500-word essay 60% 


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  • Casey, Michael. Sacred Reading: The Ancient Art of Lectio Divina. US ed. Liguori: Liguori/Triumph, 1995.
  • Clément, Olivier. On Human Being: A Spiritual Anthropology. New York: New City, 2000.
  • Dupuche, John. Jesus, the Mantra of God: An Exploration of Mantra Meditation. Melbourne: David Lovell, 2005.
  • Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Full Catastrophe Living: How to Cope with Stress, Pain and Illness Using Mindfulness Meditation. Rev. ed. London: Piatkus, 2013.
  • Longaker, Christine. Facing Death and Finding Hope: A Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying. London: Random House, 1997.
  • May, Gerald G. The Dark Night of the Soul: A Psychiatrist Explores the Connection Between Darkness and Spiritual Growth. New York: HarperCollins, 2004.
  • McKinnon, Pauline. In Stillness Conquer Fear: Overcoming Anxiety, Panic and Fear. 25th Anniversary ed. Mulgrave: John Garratt, 2008.
  • Ryan, Thomas. Prayer of Heart and Body: Meditation and Yoga as Christian Spiritual Practice. Mahwah: Paulist, 2001. 
  • ———, ed. Reclaiming the Body in Christian Spirituality. New York: Paulist, 2004.