Contemporary approaches generally seek to make spirituality conform to a deepening of appreciation of ordinary quotidian reality. Medieval spirituality, however,
was grounded in a profound longing for that which lay beyond and was precisely the negation or transcendence of the everyday. On the site of the Monastery of the Ascension is a section about Cassian who wrote about the life of ecstatic contemplation, e.g. with the intention of the mind on fire. [This prayer] is produced through an inexpressible ecstasy of heart, by an unexplainable keenness of spirit, and so the mind altered beyond sense or visible matter pours forth to God with unutterable groans and sighs - Cassian (360-435). Buddhism tends to look for peace where Christianity looks for passion. Can these be cross fertilized?