On 11/8/2014 9:38 AM, Share Long sharelon...@yahoo.com [FairfieldLife] wrote:
empty, I can see what a beautiful tradition this is, spare and unadorned like the desert itself. Unrelenting in its vast vast presence, changing and nonchanging intertwined forever. I love that effortlessness means to rest attention in the heart.
Thanks for posting...
The nerd probably should have changed the subject line to /Early Church Patriarchs/ because he didn't tell us much about the /"Litemint and the Bitches"/.

The ascetic tradition and the /"two principles"/ doctrine was borrowed from the Buddhist gnosis and passed along on the Silk Road. That's why Mani taught a syncretic Buddhism: /Manicheism/.

P.S. There seems to be a problem on FFL with informants staying on topic. Go figure.

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The Desert Fathers/Mothers and the Early Church Patriarchs were from an ascetic tradition. "Effort" meant "nepsis" - the preservation of vigilant attention. Effortlessness meant to rest that attention in the heart and then offer everything to God. That is why they were called the Neptic Fathers.

If interested, try this - The Therapeutic Strategy of Nepsis <http://ancientchristianwisdom.com/2012/11/06/the-therapeutic-strategy-of-nepsis/>

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It will give you some of the characteristics of original Christianity. That means the original tradition before the historical split between Rome and Constantinople. That means the era when the Pope was known as the Bishop of Rome rather as a titled dictator.

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