from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a mystical sect of the Greek Church in the fourteenth century; a quietist.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a body of monks who lived on Mount Athos during the fourteenth century, and aimed to attain, by the practice of contemplation and asceticism, entire tranquillity and serenity of mind, and hence supernatural insight and divine light, with knowledge of the Deity. Also Omphalopsychos and Massalian.


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  • They seem to believe that EED must be construed in a sense incompatible with Catholic dogma, and that sense of EED is taken to be that of St. Gregory Palamas, which he developed out of the Cappadocian—specifically, St. Basil's—in the heat of the hesychast controversy.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • Centering prayer, though widely practice, and as it is practiced, has some elements of quietism, links to hesychast prayer, with an influence of the oriental.

    St. Joseph's Abbey, Spencer, MA

  • And those religious traditions that lay special emphasis on material disciplines would say that the planned engagement with the processes of your own body that constitute Sufi or Zen or hesychast contemplation is a training for a free engagement with an entire material and historical environment - for a liberated life.

    Romanes Lecture, Oxford - 'Religious Lives'

  • Now in his second year at St. Vladimir's he takes great interest in the life and works of St. Symeon the New Theologian, the twelfth-century poet who embodied the mystical hesychast tradition.

    News from SVOTS.Edu

  • After that I will have to take a break, since I return to work on Monday and have not yet finished the remainder of the book, which looks at the hesychast controversy and the transition to modern times.


  • The counteractions against Cyril ultimately led to his dethronement, despite the reactions of the populace which remained loyal to the hesychast Patriarch.


  • A great hesychast-ascetic and a highly accomplished author of patristic caliber, he left behind a multitude of writings in which the whole patristic tradition is recast.


  • It is important to note the importance of St Maximus the Confessor in the hesychast tradition, for his exploration on the question of Jesus 'human and divine energies is the dogmatic ground by which hesychasm was able to establish itself as an authentic witness of the Christian faith.

    Vox Nova

  • The anti-hesychasts accused the hesychast fathers of advising the monks "to give up all reading of Holy Scripture as wrong, and to devote themselves to prayer alone.



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