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By Kyriacos C. Markides

An acclaimed professional in Christian mysticism travels to a monastery excessive within the Trodos Mountains of Cyprus and provides a desirable examine the Greek Orthodox method of spirituality that may entice readers of Carlos Castaneda.

In a fascinating mixture of dialogues, reflections, conversations, heritage, and shuttle info, Kyriacos C. Markides keeps the exploration of a religious culture and perform little recognized within the West he started in Riding with the Lion. His prior booklet took readers to the remoted peninsula of Mount Athos in northern Greece and into the crowd of historic monasteries. There, in what may be referred to as a “Christian Tibet,” thousand priests and hermits perform the non secular arts to realize a oneness with God. In his new booklet, Markides follows Father Maximos, one in every of Mount Athos’s priests, to the island of Cyprus. As Father Maximos establishes church buildings, convents, and monasteries during this deeply divided land, Markides is woke up anew to the awesome spirituality of the Greek Orthodox Church.

Images of the land and the folk of Cyprus and information of its tragic heritage improve the Mountain of Silence. just like the writings of Castaneda, the e-book brilliantly conjures up the confluence of an internal and outer trip. The intensity and richness of its religious message echo the innovations and writings of Saint Francis of Assisi and different nice saints of the Church in addition. the result's a outstanding work–a relocating, profoundly human exam of the function and the facility of spirituality in a posh and complicated international.

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It is a heavy cultural baggage. Curiously, there is no such prejudice directed at monks arriving on American shores from the Orient. At a recent conference in Montreal where I spoke of my experiences on Mount Athos, an African-American writer, Luisa Teish, asked me whether the monks had done any cleansing around their heritage of having killed millions of women as witches. Dr. John Rossner, an Anglican bishop and professor of comparative religions who hosted the event, preempted my response as he jumped to his feet and declared to the audience that there was no Inquisition in Eastern Christianity.

SIGNS AND WONDERS 8, ANGELS AND DEMONS 9. INVISIBLE INTRUDERS 10. STRATEGIES 11. ESCAPE FROM HELL 12. PASSION FOR JUSTICE 13. SPIRITUAL LAWS 14. CEASELESS PRAYER 15. THE THREEFOLD WAY 16. DOXOLOGY OF PEACE 17. THE MOUNTAIN OF SILENCE NOTES GLOSSARY BIBLIOGRAPHY COPYRIGHT PAGE For Nikos and Dora Author’s note I am immensely indebted to Father Maximos, the central figure of this book, for his love, friendship, and spiritual guidance. Without his readiness to share with me his knowledge and experience of the Eastern Orthodox spiritual tradition, this book would not have been written.

John Rossner, an Anglican bishop and professor of comparative religions who hosted the event, preempted my response as he jumped to his feet and declared to the audience that there was no Inquisition in Eastern Christianity. Dr. Teish was puzzled and pleased to hear that. ” As I began to explore the mystical spirituality of Mount Athos, two persons played a crucial role in helping me clarify my thoughts and sharpen my focus: Emily and my artist friend and colleague Mike Lewis. Like Emily and myself, Mike has been deeply interested in spirituality but suspicious of organized religion, particularly the overly zealous variety.

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