The Cloud of Unknowing

  • by William Johnston, S.J. (editor), Huston Smith (foreword)
  • Narrated by Murray Bodo
  • 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The first work of its kind to be written in the English language, The Cloud of Unknowing is a spiritual guide to contemplation from an anonymous English monk of the 14th century. It has inspired spiritual teachers from St. John of the Cross in the 16th century to contemporary teachers of prayer Basil Pennington and Thomas Keating.
The author explains that ordinary thoughts and earthly concepts must be buried beneath a "cloud of forgetting" while our love must rise toward a God hidden in the "cloud of unknowing". While this medieval masterpiece has been translated many times, this edition is especially accessible to the modern listener.


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Be careful with this translation and reading

First off, this is a trully great book on CHRISTIAN mysticism of the traditional type...This is a simple fact,not a opinion..the reader and editor of THIS translation are a group of {so called }Christian contemplative biographers and writers..I beleive budo is a franchiscan[perhaps third not sure].However,the discerning person will know many
christian orders are filled with men and woman who study more eastern mysticism than actual Christian...again,I am not giving a opinion but a fact based on the first principles of the Two very oposing world views...If you are not awair of what i am saying I strongly recomend you look into this..for those of you who are awair of this,here is my review...This translation to some degree re interprets words from a Christian spiritual framework to a very eastern framwork...i dont mean simply keeping the original PRINCIPLE but changing the language to a buddhistic thing but the much worse keeping the
christian LANGUAGE but altering THE MEANING to another view....So please be careful....
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- J. Glemby

Great opening for those looking for meaningful worship.

Part One: The Cloud of Unknowing was terrific. Great underpinning for meditative contemplation and wonderful discussion of pride versus humility.
Part Two: Advice to the Privy Council was denser as the author described in the preface
The performance was read a little slow for my preference. However, it allowed me time to consider what was being read.
I do plan to go back and listen to it once again in the future.
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- shadowmason

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-29-2010
  • Publisher: St. Anthony Messenger Press