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  • n. Plural form of austerity.


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  • In most spiritual traditions renunciation and austerities are considered essential practices to highlight and put our craving in perspective.

    David Nichtern: 5 Seducers That Steal Our Awareness and Contentment

  • I agree about the tediousness of the thank-yous, 1948 is a harder year to read, but that is a way to appreciate the austerities he underwent, and on top of that the decline of Mrs. Moore.

    Two Books of the Same Kind « Unknowing

  • The thought of the sufferings and death of Jesus was the one pervading thought: the Divine Offices and prayer were the sole occupation of the people: and, indeed, all the strength of the body was needed for the support of the austerities of fasting and abstinence.

    Gueranger: The History of Passiontide and Holy Week

  • The secretary of state stuck to his new dogma that American support for the project would become unpopular among the Egyptian people, who “would blame the austerities they suffered” on the United States.

    Eisenhower 1956

  • Incidentally, Lenten austerities have pared half a stone from my bulk – undetectable to the naked eye, but I feel sprightlier.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • I mention these austerities only to remind young scientists that some good research can be accomplished without lavish facilities and startup funds.

    Roger Y. Tsien - Autobiography

  • The reason the Buddha renounced the world, was ordained as a monk and undertook austerities for six years was to give us an example.

    Concerning Dholgyal with reference to the views of past masters and other related matters

  • At best, or worst, India was seen as "pious," with its Gandhian austerities and Nehruvian Non-Alignment dreams.

    Vamsee Juluri: Indophobia: The Real Elephant in the Living Room

  • After years of experimenting with different forms of religious practice, he abandoned his austerities and all his concepts about his spiritual journey -- all the beliefs and doctrines that had led him to where he was.

    The Buddha Wasn't a Buddhist

  • “I saw him an overworked boy, starving for books, hungry for school, loathing the land and tied to it until he was twenty-one,” wrote Pearl, who came in the end to understand better than anyone except her mother the inner furies that scourged Absalom, “his austerities, his shynesses, his fires so deep and so strangely banked, the powerful mystic motive of his life.”



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