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Commentaries on the Gospel of Thomas

Karl Renz (Author) Anjali Walsh (Editor)

Around 1945, in the area of Nag Hammadi in Upper Egypt, some peasants accidentally discovered some 53 parchments, written in Sahidic Coptic, buried in a large jar one meter high. Those leather-bound papyrus codices were mostly Gnostic texts, including the prestigious 'Gospel of Thomas'. The Gospel of Thomas, dated 4th century AD, is composed of 114 logia or sayings from Jesus, which reveal that the Kingdom is already present in each of us contrary to the canonical Gospels which advocate an apocalyptic psychosis in an eschatological context. This is because Gnosis, free from all religions, doesn't know any spatiotemporal otherworldliness. The discovery of the Gospel of Thomas provides the proof that Jesus uttered non-dual words attesting to the same awakening as the great sages of the East. Thus the source was also to be found in our Western tradition but had been concealed by centuries of theology. This is why Émile Gillabert has been rather particular on the correct French translation of this text in the light of the universal Gnosis, that is to say of the non-duality, so much so that he founded the Metanoia association whose purpose is to explore the Gospel of Thomas in depth as well as to make it known. The Metanoia association had the fortunate inspiration to invite Karl Renz on four occasions. During those informal and spontaneous conversations, the participants had the opportunity to present to Karl a large number of logia in order to spark off his commentaries. This book tells the best part of those commentaries revealing Karl's responses to his questioners while expressing, over the course of the talks and in his unequivocal manner, the living Word which he so clearly embodies.

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About the author

Karl Renz

Mind loves new concepts for they provide a cosy terra firma - a comfortable landing place. Of late 'Peace' has been one of the famous landing places for spiritual seekers. There are infinite techniques of how to be at peace with oneself... Meditation... celebration... renunciation...

Sure enough, Karl comes around questioning the one who wants to be in peace With compelling insights, the one looking for peace is then seen in a new light... as the source of misery. 

Karl's koan-like expressions are truly mind-bending - the resultant frustration of the mind tripping over its own concepts is a telltale sign of the one trying to understand.

What it all boils down to is this: when the most famous idea of being at peace is challenged - what remains?

Let's just say that the one trying to be peaceful is in for a fine round of walloping!

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Bibliographic information

Title Commentaries on the Gospel of Thomas
Format Softcover
Date published: 31.12.2015
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Zen Publications
Language: English
isbn 9789385902000
length 180p., 23cm.