The Triads (Google eBook)

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Paulist Press, 1983 - Religion - 172 pages
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Gregory Palamas (1296-1359) monk, archbishop and theologian was a major figure in fourteenth-century Orthodox Byzantium. This, his greatest work, presents a defense in support of the monastic groups known as the "hesychasts," the originators of the Jesus Prayer.

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User Review  - Daniel Schmitt - Goodreads

The letter format of Gregory makes the introduction to the book quite approachable. His theories about the Divine Energies and the Uncreated Light through the practice of the Jesus Prayer are quite profound. A must read for anyone seeking a serious approach to Prayer. Read full review

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User Review  - Mick Collins - Goodreads

Must read for anyone interested in Hesychasts and Hesychastic practices. Read full review

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A Philosophy does not save
B Apophatic theology as positive experience
C The Hesychast method of prayer and the transformation of the body
D Deification in Christ
E The uncreated Glory
F Essence and energies in God
Index to Foreword Preface and Introduction
Index to Text

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Page 16 - ... breathe our breath in and out, only because of our heart ... so, as I have said, sit down, recollect your mind, draw it I am speaking of your mind in your nostrils; that is the path the breath takes to reach the heart. Drive it, force it to go down to your heart with the air you are breathing in. When it is there, you will see the joy that follows: you will have nothing to regret. As a man who has been away from home for a long time cannot restrain his joy at seeing his wife and children...
Page 4 - Prayer ("Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner") synchronized with one's breathing.
Page 32 - It, too, will attain to that light and will become worthy of a supernatural vision of God, not seeing the divine essence, but seeing God by a revelation appropriate and analogous to Him. One sees, not in a negative way for one does see something but in a manner superior to negation. For God is not only beyond knowledge, but also beyond unknowing...
Page 2 - prayer of the mind", or "mental" prayer 1noera proseucbe1, is the goal, the content and the justification of hesychastic, eremitic life. He sees it as "natural

About the author (1983)

John Meyendorff, Professor Byzantine and Eastern European History at Fordham University, is an Orthodox priest, a holder of the D. es L. (Sorbonne), and the author of several books on Orthodoxy.

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