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FAU’s Peace Studies Program Presents James Finley

Lecture to Address the Role of Meditation as a Path to Spiritual Awakening

          BOCA RATON (January 7, 2010) – Florida Atlantic University’s peace studies program in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present Dr. James Finley with a lecture on ‘The Contemplative Way” on Thursday, January 28 at 7 p.m. Finley, a retreat leader on meditation and scholar on James Merton, will talk about meditation as a path to spiritual awakening. He will look at ways to live a more contemplative way of life, as a spiritually awake, compassionate human being. The lecture will take place in the University Theatre on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at or 800-564-9539. FAU students, faculty and staff may attend for free. Group tickets are available.

          At the age of 18, Finley became a monk at the cloistered Trappist monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani where the world-renowned monk and author Thomas Merton was his spiritual director. Merton, a catholic monk, studied Eastern meditation techniques and is credited with reviving an interest in Christian meditation. After six years, Finley left the monastery and went on to earn degrees from the University of Akron, Saint John College and the Fuller Theological Seminary.

          Finley now leads retreats and workshops throughout the United States and Canada. He speaks to people from all religious traditions who seek a way to have a more peaceful mind and heart. Finley is also a clinical psychologist in private practice. His books include Merton’s Palace of Nowhere, The Contemplative Hearts and Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God.

For more information about the lecture, call 561-297-2337.

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Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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