The Mountain of Silence: A Search for Orthodox Spirituality

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Doubleday, 2002 - Religion - 256 pages
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An acclaimed expert in Christian mysticism travels to a monastery high in the Trodos Mountains of Cyprus and offers a fascinating look at the Greek Orthodox approach to spirituality that will appeal to readers of Carlos Castaneda.

In an engaging combination of dialogues, reflections, conversations, history, and travel information, Kyriacos C. Markides continues the exploration of a spiritual tradition and practice little known in the West he began inRiding with the Lion. His earlier book took readers to the isolated peninsula of Mount Athos in northern Greece and into the group of ancient monasteries. There, in what might be called a “Christian Tibet,” two thousand monks and hermits practice the spiritual arts to attain a oneness with God. In his new book, Markides follows Father Maximos, one of Mount Athos’s monks, to the troubled island of Cyprus. As Father Maximos establishes churches, convents, and monasteries in this deeply divided land, Markides is awakened anew to the magnificent spirituality of the Greek Orthodox Church.

Images of the land and the people of Cyprus and details of its tragic history enrich the Mountain of Silence. Like the writings of Castaneda, the book brilliantly evokes the confluence of an inner and outer journey. The depth and richness of its spiritual message echo the thoughts and writings of Saint Francis of Assisi and other great saints of the Church as well. The result is a remarkable work–a moving, profoundly human examination of the role and the power of spirituality in a complex and confusing world.
 

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There are three ways of knowing, according to Kyriacos Markides: scientific, logical, and mystical. He argues that western society has concentrated on both logical and scientific in the past, but in ... Read full review

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User Review  - davidpwithun - LibraryThing

I recommend this book to anyone wanting to know more about hesychasm, or Orthodox mysticism. The vocabulary section at the back is especially helpful, as are the constant real-life examples from ... Read full review

Contents

eLDeRs and saints
9
transformations
25
KNowledge of god 4
49
IILNesses of the Heart
55
Icons and idols
67
7 signs and wonDeRs
78
8 angels and DemoNs
94
INvisiBLe INtAUDeRs
115
escape from Hell
147
Passion for Justice
165
ceaseless PRayer
194
17 the mountain of silence
232
Notes
244
glossary
250
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KYRIACOS C. MARKIDES has written several books about Christian mysticism, including The Magnus of Strovolos, Riding with the Lion, and Fire in the Heart. A professor of sociology at the University of Maine, he lives in Bangor, Maine.

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