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By Christopher C.H. Cook

The Philokalia, a suite of non secular texts by way of fathers of the jap Church spanning the fourth to the 15th centuries, was once first released in Venice in 1782. major in bringing a couple of renaissance of Orthodox spirituality considering the fact that then, it exhibits deep mental in addition to religious know-how. The Philokalia and the interior lifestyles severely examines the character of psychological and religious health as understood within the Philokalia. It identifies the passions as 'hostile pleasures', with a seductive and addictive caliber, that are hazardous to human health and wellbeing, and explores the treatments for the passions that the Philokalia prescribes. just like the Philokalia, modern psychotherapies search to interpret human techniques and fix healthiness, even though the 'talking treatment' of secular psychotherapy contrasts considerably with the 'praying therapy' of the Philokalia.This ebook is for all who're drawn to spirituality, theology and the lifetime of prayer, in addition to scholars of the Philokalia. it's also for clinicians, counselors and psychotherapists, in particular those that desire to discover the connection among mental and non secular wellbeing and fitness.

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First and foremost, I must acknowledge my enormous debt to Andrew Louth. It was he who conceived this project, who recognised its links with my previous work and interests, and who invited me to work with him on it. Subsequently he undertook to be my PhD supervisor when we agreed that the project would involve my submission of a dissertation as well as preparing a book for publication. He has offered invaluable comments on all of the manuscripts, including the very earliest drafts. I have learned so much from his gentle but incisive wisdom and spirituality and his encyclopaedic knowledge of Christian theology.

26 Velichkovsky was a Ukrainian monk who lived on Mount Athos from 1746-1763. He was later abbot of large monasteries at Dragomirna (1763-1775) and Niamets (1779-1794) in Romania and was the initiator of a spiritual renaissance there within the hesychastic tradition. During his time on Mount Athos, Velichkovsky developed a concern to find, copy, collect and translate patristic texts. Initially this seems to have arisen out of an inability to find a suitable spiritual instructor (or starets). 28 The concern for patristic texts that he acquired in this way early in life continued during his later life as an abbot in Romania, by which time he seems to have had literally hundreds of monks working on the tasks of copying and translation.

I considered my own walks across these beaches and the way in which one’s attention is divided between an intended destination across the beach and the immediate task of finding a firm footing for one’s next step. It is easy to go astray from the former goal because of the necessity of the latter task. Rocks on the beach, like thoughts in the mind, are necessary as a basis for moving forward, but can easily also lead away from the place to which one intended to travel. But the need to find a firm footing does not invalidate the destination or refute the evidence of the eyes.

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