Our video library offers education or highlights on contemplative and creative spiritual practices at Tau Center.
Contemplative Photography is based on the Zen notion of "beginner's mind" – that open and spacious place when we are completely receptive, totally present and connected to the wonder of each moment. Using the narrow view of a camera lens, along with meditation, this spiritual practice helps move us into a clear awareness where we see everything as fresh and new, resulting in beauty and richness revealed that is normally hidden from view. This inspirational video celebrates the images and Haiku created by participants from our Contemplative Photography Retreat held in September 2014 at Tau Center.
Taizé is a Christian ecumenical prayer service that incorporates song, scripture and silent prayer. The service is designed to achieve a contemplative state and Christian unity through participation in music and song, word and silence.
Taizé prayer originated in Taizé, France, during the 1940s, when a Protestant pastor in Switzerland – Brother Roger Schutz– founded a small ecumenical Christian community to help care for people in need after World War II. Today, this contemplative prayer form is practiced by people all around the world.
This service helps to quiet the mind and open your heart in the presence of God. So that everyone can participate, Taizé prayer uses short, simple verses and melodies that are repeated. It also includes Scripture and intercessory prayer. People are invited to light candles near the end of the service to unite their intentions for the world. Click on the link below for a short clip from a previous service at Tau Center.
The more tranquil a [person] becomes, the greater is [their] success… influence… power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.— James Allen