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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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To further demonstrate the importance of the court to Bunchi's ascetic practice, Cogan cites Bunchi's decision to build her convent at Shugakuin, only three miles from the court.
The imperial mission then was purportedly a philanthropic project that would protect the masses from the tyrannical upper classes as well as from the armed, martial castes and militant Hindu ascetics, and teach the natives to govern themselves.
15) Not surprisingly, some continued ascetic practices.
Did Muslim ascetics engage in the same broad spectrum of practices that were found among Christian communities in late antiquity?
Jasper marshals a variety of witnesses to show how ascetic practices can transfigure the human form so that it radiates the very light of the invisible God, but in seeking to subjugate the flesh, one can easily come to view the physical body with contempt.
The picture that emerges from the treatment of work in the Responses is that of a community of devoted ascetics, men and women, who after much deliberation had disbursed their possessions in response to the Gospel mandate, (81) taken up a trade, and were now living under the guidance of a superior.
David Hunter hopes to address this misrepresentation of the complicated development of ascetic orthodoxy by detailing the range of ascetic positions held in the first four centuries C.
In the Life of Antony he saw ascetic experience as giving Antony authority, but elsewhere he argued that his own authority was rooted in the grace of priesthood.
In "Gilden-Fire," we see the Bloodguard consecrating profane time by reciting their Vow silently and constantly throughout their duties (this is their most monastic custom, reminiscent both of the mantras of Hindu and Buddhist ascetics and of the Jesus Prayer of Orthodox Christian monastics).
The lives of the saints and great ascetics of the Church are examples to us of a loving relationship with the whole of creation.
So, too, did mystics, ascetics and Jansenists, who looked inwards to find a new spirituality.
1800), Ascetics in Landscape, India, Rajasthan, Marwar (Jodhpur); c.