Nil Sorsky (+1508), an influential spiritual writer whose major
contribution to Orthodox Christianity was his bringing to ancient Russia the
spirituality of the early Fathers and Mothers of the Desert. This is called
the hesychasm spirituality of the heart, which finds the perfection of
the human person in union with God through continuous prayer.
This first-time translation from Russian into English of Nil's
complete writings includes: The Tradition, The Rule, his letters
(only four of which have actually been attributed to him) and his last will
and testament. The Tradition is his earliest attempt to give his disciples
a written but very simplified rule of skete monasticism, which he practiced
on Mt. Athos. The Rule is an extended ascetical treatise on what Nil
calls “mental activity” or, in today's terms, perpetual or continuous
An informative introduction examines the significance of Nil's
spirituality and places it within the historical setting of 15th century Russia.
Softbound. 164 pp.