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Philokalia – the complete set of volumes

Posted on | April 22, 2012 | 13 Comments

philokalia Philokalia is a collection of spiritual instructions from the Eastern Christian tradition. The oldest are from the 4th century and the latest are from the 15 century. The collection was compiled in the eighteenth-century by St. Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain and St. Makarios of Corinth and they have only been partially available for the English speaking world since the 1950s.  This may be because of the esoteric teachings and practices like “Theoria” or “Watchfulness” – practices very similar to Buddhist and other spiritual traditions. Philokalia is also the primary source on the Christian term “hesychasm” (“maintaining guard over heart and intellect”), an inner spiritual tradition dating back to the Desert Fathers. This practice includes quiet sitting, and recitation of the Jesus Prayer. Nikodemos, in his introduction, described the collected texts as “a mystical school of inward prayer” which could be used to cultivate the inner life and to “attain the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” Nikodemos stressed that “unceasing prayer” should be practiced by all.

Philokalia is a collection of spiritual instructions from the Eastern Christian tradition. The oldest are from the 4th century and the latest are from the 15 century.
Written by: St Nikodimos and St Makarios
Available in: Ebook

Download the book here containing all the four volumes currently translated to English – a fifth volume is still to be translated (1.246 pages):

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Watch the conversation on the Philokalia with Metropolitan Kallistos


13 Responses to “Philokalia – the complete set of volumes”

  1. john
    February 18th, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

    thank you

  2. Gordon
    March 23rd, 2013 @ 2:22 pm

    Thank you very much!

  3. Black Pharaoh
    May 28th, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

    Thanks a Million. That is a great Job, God Bless you.

  4. Stephen
    September 20th, 2013 @ 5:19 am

    Thank you. I am currently reading the Way of the Pilgrim and this is a very good companion to it. God Bless you.

  5. karen
    January 6th, 2015 @ 4:52 pm

    Thank you!

  6. Don Lewis
    February 22nd, 2015 @ 3:02 am

    Thank you folks so very much for FATHERS OF THE DESERT VOL I+II and PHILOKALIA – THE COMPLETE SET OF VOLUMES. The access to these is a blessing

    So Thank You and God Bless You, Don

  7. Thomas Wilson
    February 14th, 2016 @ 5:21 am

    My set vanished during a move. Thank you from the bottom my heart. What a blessing to have it available again for study.

  8. Lauris Lahey
    March 7th, 2016 @ 12:51 am

    Mining The Immortal Diamondthank you so very much

  9. Allen
    September 16th, 2016 @ 10:57 pm

    Thank you so much

  10. Van
    August 23rd, 2017 @ 8:52 pm

    *Mining the Immortal Diamond* What a beautiful visual aid!

  11. Lichtenberg
    August 23rd, 2017 @ 9:44 pm

    I could not agree more. Thank you for sharing your discovery :-)

  12. Fr. Yuri (george) Kuzara CPPS
    April 20th, 2018 @ 11:44 pm

    My paper bound copy of the Philokalia is falling apart after having it for over 30+ years and using it often.
    I have a deep lover for the Eastern Fathers of the Church and Eastern Theology and Spirituality.

  13. Steve.d
    February 10th, 2019 @ 1:11 pm

    I love this Work so much thanks and God mightily bless you.please I need 72 Names of God by kabalah international.please notify my Email

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