We find it in the Greek antiquity, as a paideic ideal, we find it recurrently in Christianity, in the endeavours of life improved through the effort of hesychasm
and the cultivation of virtues, aiming to intensify the communion with God in the life of the Church.
The prayer rope stems from hesychasm
("stillness"), an Eastern Orthodox mystic tradition of contemplative prayer whose central element is the ongoing repetition of the Jesus Prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner." The rope helps the person praying keep focused and keep track of the repetitions, especially at the beginning.
version of the practice that came to be known as hesychasm
. The term
They present historical perspectives on the commonalities between China and Europe in history and culture and examples of legendary figures with strong religious convictions who impacted society, such as Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama, Isaac Newton, Bach, and Beethoven; philosophical perspectives on the fact-value split and the secular-sacred divide in contemporary western societies, how existential spirituality can influence practical life, and how life practices in Bali and the Eastern Orthodox tradition are informed by existential spirituality; and discussion of theological aspects like the link between human and divine, mysticism and the Christian hesychasm
, and the meaning of narratives about religion.
(72.) Lurje, Vassilij, Hesychasm
in the 17-19th Centuries and the Heritage of Saint Gregory Palamas (St.
(20.) Susan McCaslin, "Merton and 'Hagia Sophia,"' in Merton and Hesychasm
: Prayer of the Heart: The Eastern Church (Louisville, KY: Fons Vitae, 2003) at 252.
Barlaam did not condemn Hesychasm
as such, but he thought that practitioners of it were making inflated claims for their experiences, misunderstanding the nature of the light they saw and so misinterpreting its meaning.
My intention here is to present the religious phenomena of Zen and Hesychasm
, analyzing similarities within the mechanism of prayer and movements within the respective faiths.
When Averintsev explored the sources of hesychasm
, this did not register outside the small underground religious community.
One method that most resembles mindfulness is the "Jesus Prayer" or also known as, 'Hesychasm
', because it integrates body posture, breathing techniques and the use of a 'mantra'.
The key term Philokalia, or "love of the beautiful," in Greek, and the Russian Dobrotolubiye, as names for the classic collection of patristic writings about hesychasm
, or spiritually healing quietude, attest the central link between aesthetics and ascetics in Eastern Orthodoxy, integrating bodily, moral, and spiritual life.
. Negreira gestured for Father Tweedy to take his leave, and followed after him.