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asceticism

[aset′isiz′əm]
Etymology: Gk, askein, to exercise
(in psychiatry) a defense mechanism that involves repudiation of all instinctual impulses. The concept is derived from the religious doctrine that material things are evil and only spiritual things are good.
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By displaying a voluntary commitment to ascetic practices for the nation, Gandhi hoped that the colonized male subject would demonstrate to the British his moral fortitude, self-control, and courage.
At the beginning of this essay, I introduced a recent prayer service and bout of mountain ascetic practices organized by a non-profit organization and attended by 200 ordinary Japanese from all walks of life.
127) Evagrius points to the value of visualizaton and the cultivation of sight within a monastic geography that supported the efforts of ascetic practice.
The aim of his dhammamata proposal may not have been exactly the same as the aim of other Buddhist women's movements, but there are many commonalities in terms of giving women practitioners appropriate social conditions for their ascetic practices and making use of their achievements for the benefit of society.
The particular monastery to which a Muscovite monk belonged had a socializing impact of paramount importance: it inculcated its special theological views, its liturgical and ascetic practices in its monks, who, if appointed bishops, spread their monastery's "school" to their diocese.
Individuals were supported in their commitments by the parallel presence of others engaged in solitary prayer, meditation, and ascetic practices designed to discipline the body and focus the mind on the things of the spirit.
One must gradually reduce attachment to physicality through ascetic practices.
God cannot be "known" rationally, but only through immediate experience, normally as the result of disinterest and detachment and usually, but not necessarily, arrived at through ascetic practices.
Himmelfarb rightly makes much of the resort to convention in these texts and bids us to be wary of reading too much into ascetic practices and visionary detail.
C Eschewing the princely life, he began a search for truth that first embraced ascetic practices, a path he later rejected in favour of the "middle way.
By 1587, his ascetic practices had taken their toll; Tarugi referred to him as "like a mummy, without flesh, and is only skin and bone.