The Mountain of Silence: A Search for Orthodox Spirituality

The Mountain of Silence: A Search for Orthodox Spirituality Kyriacos C. Markides
  • Title: The Mountain of Silence: A Search for Orthodox Spirituality
  • Author: Kyriacos C. Markides
  • ISBN: 9780385500920
  • Page: 273
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Mountain of Silence: A Search for Orthodox Spirituality Kyriacos C. Markides The Mountain of Silence A Search for Orthodox Spirituality The spiritual traditions of the Eastern Orthodox Church are all but unknown to most Christians in the West who often think of Christianity as split into two camps Bible based Protestantism and sacram
    The spiritual traditions of the Eastern Orthodox Church are all but unknown to most Christians in the West, who often think of Christianity as split into two camps Bible based Protestantism and sacramental Catholicism Yet in The Mountain of Silence, sociologist Kyriacos Markides suggests that Orthodox spirituality offers rich resources for Western Christians to integrateThe spiritual traditions of the Eastern Orthodox Church are all but unknown to most Christians in the West, who often think of Christianity as split into two camps Bible based Protestantism and sacramental Catholicism Yet in The Mountain of Silence, sociologist Kyriacos Markides suggests that Orthodox spirituality offers rich resources for Western Christians to integrate the head and the heart, and to regain a expansive view of Christian life The book combines elements of memoir, travelogue, and history in a single story Markides journeys to a cluster of monasteries on Mount Athos, an isolated peninsula in northern Greece and one of the holiest sites in the Orthodox tradition He also visits the troubled island of Cyprus, largely occupied by Turkey since 1974, and makes the acquaintance of a monk named Father Maximos, who has established churches, convents, and monasteries Markides, a native Cypriot, tells the tale of this journey in a tone that s loose and light, with many excursions on Church history and Greek and Turkish politics But despite the easygoing tone, the importance of this book is potentially immense The Mountain of Silence introduces a world that is entirely new to many Western readers, and unveils a Christian tradition that reveres the mystical approach to God as much as the rational, a tradition that Markides says may have the potential to inject Christianity with the new vitality that it so desperately needs Michael Joseph GrossAn 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 in Riding with the Lion His earlier book took readers to the
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    1. The title, The Mountain of Silence, by Kyriacos C Markides is an apt description of where the author wants to take us And it does need to be considered a search for Orthodox Spirituality as his work is sub titled because Markides went to Cyprus in search of answers to his personal questions about the Orthodox faith If you can humbly surrender to being along for an intimate introductory tour, you will enjoy this pilgrimage to through Orthodoxy If you re looking for a heady theological course, how [...]

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    2. Amazing story of one man s series of conversations with a spiritual master from Mt Athos Such a rich treasury of Christian truth on how to seek after Christ following the path of saints and martyrs from the time of the apostles until now.If anyone is interested or has questions about Orthodox spirituality, Fr Maximos gives a compelling introduction through his conversations with Kyriacos Markides Easy to read and very interesting.Makes me want to go to Cyprus and Mt Athos.Lots to say about this [...]

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    3. A highly readable narrative of Eastern Orthodox Christian mysticism as practiced in our modern time The author, himself an Orthodox Christian of Cypriot heritage, gives a knowledgeable and sympathetic portrayal of the subject while also remaining sympathetic to the philosophical and scientific methods of the West This is an excellent book for those who have hope that the way of the mind and the way of the heart is not necessarily a choice of either or.

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    4. The author is enchanted, mesmerized, enraptured by his pilgrimage to Mount Athos Hey everybody, love Mount Athos, pleaaase In this book, he aims at exploring what Mount Athos, peace be upon him, has to offer the Western World, yes we here in the West who operate out of our brains, today that is not available within mainstream churches, that is, non Orthodox churches Yep You need that mystical buzz Do I need to say Enough said O Mount Athos Thou art exalted in all the Earth

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    5. I never quite understood Eastern Orthodoxy and the Mystical tradition, that is until I read this book Man, what an amazing insight into this realm of Christianity Too bad I am female, otherwise I would take a journey to the Mountain of Silence as soon as possible

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    6. Chapter 5 As a result of long and hard practice the sensibilities of the saints are radically altered Unlike us, they perceive things around them differently They see everything and everybody in their true state, permeated by God Everybody is perceived as being within Providence Therefore, for a real saint nothing is apprehended as really hostile That is the reason the saints have absolutely no fears Whenever you meet someone on your way, in reality you meet God And as you honor God you must hon [...]

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    7. Love this book for its jewels of wisdom Here are a few passages from Father Maximos that I loved Each person leads a life in accordance to his or her providentially assigned life s task A leg cannot tell a hand I do not need you , neither can an eye to an ear When we raise the question who is contributing the very nature of the question is problematic Why Because we must not evaluate human beings on the basis of their contributions and utility to society, but on the basis of who they are indivi [...]

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    8. The most spiritually illuminating and edifying book I have ever read I cannot describe justly in words how much this book has contributed to my life and my knowledge of God Every Christian should read this Beautiful Simply beautiful.

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    9. This book is one of my all time favorites So many things to learn from it as well as being easy to read I particularly like the accounts of miracles.

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    10. A bit personal memoir and quest, a bit homecoming, a bit travel log, and a clear exposition of Eastern Orthodox asceticism I knew little of Orthodox theology before Markides introduces the monk Father Maximos but by the end I found myself musing on The Threefold Path of Catharsis purging the egotistical passions , Fotisis a state of purification and miracles , and Theosis union with God.The central tenet is that life is a form of askesis that sorrow and suffering is an integral aspect of human e [...]

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    11. Kyriacos Markides, a professor of sociology, spent several years studying mysticism and shamanistic practices in several monastic type communities He s written several books on these topics, this particular book is about his experiences with Father Maximos on Mt Athos.This book was recommended to me by O_Vivliothikarios on Twitter.The BadThe only bad thing about this book is that the kindle edition has no links to endnote content This will likely change in an update.One thing that is only relati [...]

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    12. This is an incredible book Written by a University of Maine sociologist who grew up Orthodox in Cyprus but then fell away from his faith, this book is part travelogue I ve heard someone else describe it as that , spiritual journal, and introduction to Orthodox spiritually It reads beautifully and one can sense the author s deep love for his spiritual guide, Fr Maximos, and his deep respect for the religious experience He writes of miracles with great credulity and in a way that makes them credib [...]

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    13. Highly recommended I read this while a Protestant to learn about the Orthodox Church The Mountain of Silence is about a Cyprian American who goes back to his homeland of Cyprus and learns about the Orthodox Faith in discussion with a Bishop whom he calls Maximos This is all related in a narrative story style with dialog in various setting occuring between the author and Maximos so it makes it interesting to read it is like sitting next to them and listening to their conversation In the conversat [...]

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    14. Read Mountain of Silence This is a wonderful book, dare I say, a classic read in Eastern Christian Spirituality It is very genuine and Markides isn t afraid to voice his doubts and to push back in his discussions with Fr Maximos What he finds, though, is the world opening up in mystery and wonder before him, causing his scientific sociological and materialist worldview to vanish like mist before the rising sun Listening to Fr Maximos, one discovers what it means to purify the heart that one may [...]

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    15. I didn t mind the text that focused on Father Maximos dialogue in the very least it was educational and interesting to hear someone who believes very deeply in his faith try to rationalize it, communicate it to other believers and skeptics, and use it as the framework for viewing every other aspect of life Lots of interesting detail about monasticism, Christian mysticism, and the political situation in Cyprus Markides does a good job of keeping the topics germane to the layperson and his style o [...]

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    16. There is a small and compact genre of Western Christians and or skeptics exploring Eastern Christian spirituality of which this is a part The strengths of Markides work is his personal connection to Cyprus and his willingness to handle fewer subjects, but to delve deeply into them If he had tried to write an apology for the entire Eastern Christian spiritual tradition or even just that of Mt Athos, he would certainly have failed however, because this was focused on the microcosm of one monastery [...]

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    17. An interesting travelogue that almost lost me halfway through due to a repetitious skimming of the surface Once the book finds its skin, it begins to get into some crazy events of modern Orthodox saints Coincidently, this book opened up for me an entirely fresh approach to the concept of hell , although the idea of hell discussed in this book is older than the one I previous held from Thomist Catholic teaching.

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    18. Review is HOPEFULLY forthcoming But so far I m absolutely loving this book It s a very peaceful late night read, and it makes me think in a quiet, unassuming way It s a true testimony to the gentle guidance of the Orthodox faith Definitely a keeper If my brother ever asks for his copy back, I m buying myself one.

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    19. This was a wonderful book It was so good, I m going to read it again.but even slowly next time so I can digest it even I absolutely loved the conversations the author has with Father Maximos His thoughts on prayer, icons, marriage, and growing towards communion with God are so uplifiting and encouraging It defintily left me with a different perspective on many things.

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    20. An absolute must read for all seeking to understand the Orthodox Faith

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    21. This was a fascinating introduction to the ancient hesychastic tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church A good look at the mystic nature of Orthodoxy.

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    22. Kyriacos Markides, a professor of sociology, spent several years studying mysticism and shamanistic practices in several monastic type communities He s written several books on these topics, this particular book is about his experiences with Father Maximos on Mt Athos.This book was recommended to me by O_Vivliothikarios on Twitter.The BadThe only bad thing about this book is that the kindle edition has no links to endnote content This will likely change in an update.One thing that is only relati [...]

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    23. This is one of the most easily accessible books on Orthodox theology that I ve read It contains a series of conversations between the author, various acquaintances and friends of his, and an elder in the church concerning different aspects of Eastern Christian thought I can t even begin to pick out my favorite parts or quotes because there are too many to count It addresses every question that I ve ever had about the church s teachings Seriously, every one So yeah, if you re interested in learni [...]

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    24. This was an incredible book that has made me do an introspective look at my spiritual walk I am planning to write a series of essays on the spiritual lessons taught to Dr Markides by Fr Maximos to further help me and potentially others to further enhance my spiritual walk.

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    25. Great fodder for pondering and soul searching A lot of new concepts for me so not sure what I think yet I m still mulling this book over

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    26. Very interesting and entertaining look into the perspective of eastern orthodox Christian tradition, theology and history Good read

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    27. Rarely have I underlined the text of a book as much as I recently did with The Mountain of Silence, by Kyriacos C Markides.Markides, a sociology professor at the University of Maine, was born on Cyprus into an Eastern Orthodox family, but became secularized while coming of age during the Sixties in the United States The sociological research for his earliest books brought him into contact with the mystical traditions, shamanism and Occultism of the Orient A serendipitous experience in 1991 cause [...]

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    28. It is not often that I read a book where every chapter inspired me and captivated my thoughts for the rest of the day A brief synopsis the author, Kyriacos Markides, is a professor of sociology at the University of Maine and originally hails from Cyprus Through his studies, he began to explore ancient mysticism, despite being himself an agnostic His research lead him to a monastic community on Mount Athos in Greece and a meeting with a young monk named Father Maximos This Athonite community saw [...]

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    29. Well, this was interesting and informative, but I do have some gripes I think quite often the form the author chose detracted from the otherwise interesting material He chose a sort of dramatic Socratic dialog, ostensibly because that s how he learned the ideas he wished to present Unfortunately this results in a rather stilted, often unrealistic and ultimately distracting narration of people chiming in with stories and ideas in a surprisingly organized fashion I do think the style was as a cons [...]

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    30. This book is definitely worth a read It is not written as smoothly as some books I have read, and it is definitely written as an information book by a scholar than a heartfelt explanation of Orthodoxy by a writer which I am hoping is what A Short Trip to the Edge will be That said, the information that you gain from reading this book makes it worth it Essentially the book is a series of conversation between the author, a trained sociologist who teaches in Maine but whose roots are Orthodox Chri [...]

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