The Philokalia, Volume 1: The Complete Text; Compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain & St. Markarios of Corinth

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G. E.H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, Kallistos (Bishop of Diokleia)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1983 - Religion - 384 pages

The Philokalia is a collection of texts written between the fourth and the fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition. First published in Greek in 1782, then translated into Slavonic and later into Russian, The Philokalia has exercised an influence in the recent history of the Orthodox Church far greater than that of any book apart from the Bible. It is concerned with themes of universal importance: how man may develop his inner powers and awake from illusion; how he may overcome fragmentation and achieve spiritual wholeness; how he may attain the life of contemplative stillness and union with God.

"This excellent English translation, which takes into account the latest scholarly research into the original works, represents a major 'gift' from the wise men of the East. The fluency of the literary style of this translation and the practical understanding which these writings reveal for the spiritual predicaments facing each Christian in every generation brings the book well within the range of the ordinary reader who seeks spiritual counsel. The complete Philokalia covers the period from the fourth to the fifteenth century. Volume One . . . takes us up to the eighth century and is thus the common heritage of Orthodox and Catholics." - Chrysostom

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I have been introduced to these writers through the sermons of Father David. I have skimmed each books in the series and I am impressed by each writer's quest for following Mark 8:34- deny yourself ... Read full review

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This is a very serious book to be read and appreciated by those who have a deep interest in Eastern Orthodox monasticism. A book highly recommended for scholars of this branch of Christianity. I have ... Read full review

About the author (1983)

G. E. H. Palmer served as a translator for Philokalia: The Complete Text.

Philip Sherrard (1922-1995) was educated at Cambridge and lectured at Kings College, London and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies from 1970 to 1977. He translated the works of George Seferis and Odysseus Elytis, making their work available to the English-speaking world. He was baptised into the Orthodox Church in 1956.

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