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Contemplation comes from the latin root templus, and means to enter an open or consecrated place. In a religious sense it is a type of prayer or meditation. Within Christianity it is related to mysticism, and portrayed by the works of authors such as Teresa of Avila, Margery Kempe, Augustine Baker and Thomas Merton. Many religions share the concept of contemplation. Naropa University, for example, offers a Master's program in contemplative education in the context of Buddhism.
In a non-religious sense, contemplation can also mean:
- an act of considering with attention;
- the act of regarding steadily.
Contemplation is with outer influences. Meditation is focused attention see "Meditation Oneness" by DRT Keeghan
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