4; J.E. Bamberger, ‘Introduction’ in Evagrius Ponticus’ The Praktikos & Chapters on Prayer, trans. J.E. Bamberger (Trappist, KY: Cistercian Publications, ). EVAGRIUS PONTICUS PRAKTIKOS / ΠΡΑΚΤΙΚΟΣ Prologue, § A Carthusian enters the Grand Chartreuse The Belles Heures of John Duke of Berry, Evagrius Ponticus: The Praktikos. Chapters on Prayer” (Cistercian Studies, ) Evagrius Ponticus (Author), John Eudes Bamberger.

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All quotes from Excerpts are from this translation. I was glad I did because, although I’ve been encountering Evagrius’ ideas in various monastic and monastic related writings, I had never really approached them at first hand.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Evagrius summarizes the process, The mind could not see the place of God in itself, unless it had become loftier than all [concepts] from things. Evagrius concedes that humans cannot love all men to an equal degree, but apatheia allows for the soul to love all men so that at the very least the passionless monk can live at peace with his fellow man and recognize his intrinsic value as an image of his Maker.

They are the passionate, or the irrational, parts of the soul and directly interact with the created world. Email required Address never made public. This book offers a fascinating focus on an important early period of European development of spiritual thinking and mental life, and provides help for people that want to take the matter up of serious prayer and contemplation.

The Praktikos & Chapters On Prayer

The most affective parts: Evagrius boldly states that a man afflicted with passions strives in vain for true prayer until he first rightly orders his soul.


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His terse definition of silent prayer as “the shedding of thoughts” was often quoted. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I want to dwell with those words for a long while. Even later detractors such as Maximus evaagrius Confessor and John Climacus borrowed significantly from Evagrius for their own theological works Casiday, Evagrius Ponticus, p.

He advocates a lifestyle including reading sacred works, prayer, vigils, and singing Psalms. Notify me of new comments via email.

Evagrius Ponticus: The Praktikos Chapters On Prayer

Jan 31, Benjamin Vineyard rated it it was amazing Shelves: But it is possible to associate with all in a manner that is above passion, that is to say, free of resentment and hatred.

When a monk begins his active pursuit of virtue, demons attack more viciously. Mark rated it pontkcus liked it Jul 07, The Newman Press, It will put aside the passions through the virtues, it will put aside the bare thoughts through contemplation; it will even put aside contemplation itself, when there appears to it that light at the time of prayer which sets in relief the place of God.

For untimely and immoderate practices are harmful. I was surprised to find certain parts of the Chapters on Prayer to be very similar to Buddhist beliefs, and also I found other parts to be nearly identical to Islamic beliefs. Skip to main content.

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Refresh and try again. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Hali rated it really liked it Jan 13, The amount of attention Evagrius gives to the practical, day-to-day lifestyle of the ascetic life ebagrius its importance.

Stephen Rugg rated it liked it Dec 02, Ignatius Press,p. But the ponticuus no longer have the power to sway or undermine his self-control.


Evagrius Ponticus: The Praktikos Chapters On Prayer by Evagrius Ponticus

One of the most influential theologians in the late fourth-century church, he was well known as a thinker, prqktikos speaker, and gifted writer. Clark Wilson rated it it was amazing Jul 17, You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2. Though Evagrius carefully guarded his diet, it is important to note that pontkcus still allowed alterations to his regimen based upon his circumstances. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [Has anyone read the book? This volume is graced by an extensive introduction which is, itself, worth the price of admission.

By means of such signs our enemies perceive whether we have conceived their thought within us and bring it forth or Evagrius warns, …the unpure…do not know the contemplation of these things and even if they learned it from others and chanted it, they would not be heard, owing to the profusion of dust clouds and clamour raised in battle by the passions. There are events which warrant more food or water, namely in acting hospitably toward others or when the body is too weak to abstain.

And what is short-lived is more harmful than profitable. Sep 06, Keith rated it liked it. You are commenting using your WordPress.

Make it a true inner experience.