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Excellent book to study on retreat,
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This review is from: A Mind at Peace: Spiritual Disciples of John Cassian and the Desert Fathers (Paperback)
This is a small book, easy to read but rich in wisdom, and although it's coming from an early Christian perspective, I would say it's useful and relevant for Buddhists too. Drawing on the 'Thoughts' of Evagrius, which later evolved into the 'seven deadly sins', Funk devotes a chapter to each 'thought' e.g. anger, pride, etc. For anyone who feels an aversion for Christianity I would assure you that this isn't a tedious judgemental Christian book on sin, but more a psychological book based on the earliest Christian monastic teaching. I took this book on a week's (Buddhist) silent meditation retreat and found that despite being short it lasted me the entire week, because it's so thought-provoking. For Christians, perhaps unintentionally, it makes clear that the modern Church's everyday teaching on sin is inadequate compared to the far more profound understanding held by the 'Desert Fathers' of Christianity's earliest centuries. For Buddhists, there are a lot of parallels with Buddhist teaching here because it's essentially a Christian version of describing the mind-states that afflict us all. This isn't intended as a retreat book as far as I know. However, based on my own experience, I would say that for anyone thinking of going on retreat and wanting to take a physically small book which will nevertheless provide rich food for thought, this is one to consider.
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