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The Monastery Of The Heart

Author : Joan Chittister
ISBN : 9780281066209
Genre : Religion
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Every age has answered the questions and challenges of spiritual living in its own particular ways through its languages, arts, and lifestyles, giving seekers various concepts for guidance. In this original manifesto, bestselling author Joan Chittister delivers a roadmap based on the ancient Rule of Benedict that stands as a practical model upon which to build a satisfying life, despite the seemingly limitless (and at times meaningless) supply of options in the modern world. By giving spiritual seekers - individuals, couples, families, and small groups - a new opportunity to live a better life from the very centre of their world without ever having to withdraw from it, Chittister's new approach redefines Benedictine living for modern day seekers while remaining firmly rooted in its monastic values.
Category: Religion

The Heart Of Russia

Author : Scott Mark Kenworthy
ISBN : 9780199379415
Genre : Religion
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In the 1830s and 1840s, increasing numbers of Russians renounced the modernized, secularized, Westernized Russia created by Peter the Great in an effort to revive alternative lifestyles based on Orthodox spirituality and values. This effort found expression in a revival of monasticism that began in the era of Nicholas I and would last for the duration of the imperial period, brought to an end only by the cataclysm of revolution and repression of the new Bolshevik regime. Suppressed by the communists, Russian monasticism experienced another revival in the post-World War II era and again in the post-Soviet period, demonstrating that the impulse to renounce the contemporary world for the cloister is a central pattern of Russian religiosity. This book is the first comprehensive analysis of these monastic revivals, presenting a fundamentally new picture of religion in modern Russia. Scott Kenworthy's approach is that of a contextualized microhistory: an in-depth study of one monastic complex, framed within research on monasticism more broadly. The case study here is Russia's largest and most famous monastery, the Trinity-Sergius Lavra in Sergiev Posad, near Moscow. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian Orthodox Church is again experiencing a revival, and monasticism is playing a central role in this resurgence. In the search to recover the past, Russian Orthodox are turning to the nineteenth century revival as a normative model. Numerous Russians are once again renouncing the contemporary world--in this case, both the socialist past and the post-socialist capitalist present--and opting for a mode of life that represents a return to past values. Monasteries are again foci of popular piety as well as of important publishing activities, and their spirituality is regarded as the purest expression of Orthodox ideals. This book provides an essential basis for understanding Orthodoxy in its historical context and its contemporary manifestations.
Category: Religion

An Affair Of The Heart

Author : Mildred Marshall Maiorino
ISBN : 9780595190331
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This is the authors account of a nostalgic journey to post war Italy for further operatic study. On the ship she met the man of her dreams whom she later married. She also met another singer, Lucilla Udovick with whom she shared an apartment in Milano and who became a life long friend. Lucilla introduced her to the anthologies of Louis Untermeyer. This in turn inspired the author to begin writing poetry. On her return to America, while living in New York she met Louis Untermeyer who became her mentor. After studying with him for almost two years she returned to Los Angeles, California. Her literary and friendly relationship with her mentor continued through their correspondence for twenty-four years until his death. She has been so preoccupied with her writing and family activities, she has neglected until now getting her work into publication. To date her only previously published work is a book of poetry, "A Tale of Leaves." She has written over 100 yet to be published books of poetry and prose.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

A Lullaby To Awaken The Heart

Author : Karl Brunnhölzl
ISBN : 9781614294979
Genre : Philosophy
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A key Dzogchen text—available together with its Tibetan commentaries, including from the fifteenth Karmapa—from a preeminent translator. The Aspiration Prayer of Samantabhadra, one of the most famous and often-recited Dzogchen texts, is at once an entreaty by the primordial buddha, Samantabhadra, that all sentient beings recognize the nature of their minds and thus become buddhas, and also a wake-up call by our own buddha nature itself. This monumental text outlines the profound view of Dzogchen in a nutshell and, at the same time, provides clear instructions on how to discover the wisdom of a buddha in the very midst of afflictions. In this volume, Karl Brunnhölzl offers translations of three versions of the Aspiration Prayer and accompanies them with translations of the commentaries by Jigmé Lingpa, the Fifteenth Karmapa, and Tsültrim Sangpo. He offers further contextualization with his rich annotation and appendices, which include additional translation from Jigmé Lingpa, Longchenpa, and Patrul Rinpoche. This comprehensive, comprehensible book illuminates this profound text and greatly furthers our understanding of Dzogchen—and of our own nature.
Category: Philosophy

Listen With The Ear Of Your Heart

Author : Silas Henderson
ISBN : 9781497681897
Genre : Religion
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From their introduction, Abbey Press’s Notes from a Monastery series of booklets tried to convey Saint Benedict’s rich insights, common sense, reverence for the divine in the most ordinary things of life, and appreciation for the timeless virtues of humility, obedience, and community in a way that would speak to women and men of faith, regardless of their faith tradition. Recognizing that God is present everywhere and in all the circumstances of daily life, this new eBook offers readers inspiration in their search for God, guided by the spirit of Saint Benedict of Nursia.
Category: Religion