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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 th ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 1st 1982 by Faber & Faber
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Lance
In my opinion, this book is more difficult to handle than the first volume of the Philokalia, because it is mostly comprised of the writings from St. Maximos the Confessor, who, I have to admit, is a bit of a mind-bender, probably because he is from a scholarly background. It becomes even more important here to keep in touch with the glossary provided with the text. Some understanding of Plato is helpful, since he is clearly influenced by Neo-Platonic thought. What I like most about his work was ...more
James Andersen
This book is dense and yet very helpful, the concepts are more esoteric and mystical then most spiritual texts but it is certainly recommended for those who are students of Ancient Philosophy to view it. Taking writings from the Mystic Saints of the Eastern Half of the Church one gets a better appreciation for the Mystical Theology of Christianity and serves a very illuminating purpose of giving a fuller picture of what a Christian is called to experience and become.
Yanni
Jan 01, 2009 Yanni is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
The timeless writings of the other-worldly Orthodox Church Fathers on all things. Many speak on similar themes, so there is some repitition. It's powerful stuff - and must be aproached with strict obedience within the Sacramental life of The Church.
Charles
The Philokalia is the masterwork texts of Eastern Orthodox Spirituality and should be read within the context of a monastic life and the church as whole.
Charles
The Philokalia is the masterwork texts of Eastern Orthodox Spirituality and should be read within the context of a monastic life and the church as whole.
Eli Kittim

These writings illustrate the mystical practices of early Christian saints that certainly invite comparison with eastern forms of meditation.
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not really finished lol
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