Like it or not the word asceticism is essentially very life negative -- a cutting away or mortification of the life functions.
By contrast I much prefer to use the term Spiritual Practice. Which can really only be done within the context of a comprehensive Spiritual Culture--which is almost completely absent in the modern world, especially in the USA.
This essay describes how Sacred Art done within the crucible of a Sacred Culture used to work, and the necessary pre-conditions for it to work now in 2010 and beyond.
Plus this reference describes what needs to be taken into account for the living of Right Life.
August 06, 2010 at 07:50 PM
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