ROBIN AMIS' NEW BOOK, VIEWS FROM MOUNT ATHOS, HAS BEEN PUBLISHED AS AN E-BOOK AND IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD FROM THE PRAXIS BOOKSTORE.
This book follows upon his earlier work, A Different Christianity (SUNY Press, 1995) and encapsulates his ongoing research into the practical spirituality of the Christian Inner Tradition as well as his numerous visits to the monastic community of Mount Athos over the past forty years. A print version of the e-book will be available on the Praxis Bookstore by early Spring 2014.
This picture, as seen from the sea, shows the monastery of Osiou Gregoriou, on the West-coast of Mount Athos - one of our main sources for recovering forgotten knowledge.
Praxis Research Institute was founded to bring to the West forgotten spiritual teachings from the inner core of Christianity since its earliest beginnings. These teachings still exist in certain monasteries in places like Mount Athos in Greece, where Praxis founder Robin Amis rediscovered them through more than 60 pilgrimages occurring over nearly half a century.
Robin Amis, principal researcher in the field, and founder and Director of Praxis Research Institute.
For his research into the teachings of the Holy Mountain, Mr. Amis received the rare designation of ‘Synergatis’ (fellow worker, and equal to the monks), and was given a document providing “free access, both coming in and going out of the Holy Mountain.” This document is still valid forty years later.
On one of his early visits, Mr. Amis was also given the charge by Fr. Paisios one of the few remaining startzi (Elders), now considered a saint, to bring this teaching, called the ‘truth of the heart,’ to the English-speaking world. In Fr. Paisios’ words, translated in Mr. Amis’ book, A Different Christianity:
‘You English have served Western man very well with your intellect, giving him many things he needs, the solutions of many problems that have made life easier for everyone.
Now you should do another work: to understand and tell the world of the inner truth, the truth of the heart as well.’
The work of Praxis Research Institute is to make this truth available in as fully practical a form as possible to non-monastics in the Judeo-Christian world.
For additional information on Praxis Research Institute's principles, the aims of inner work, Praxis teaching, spiritual roots and the Praxis mission, please click on the links below to go the the following pages:
The Praxis website is designed as an integral part of the overall efforts of Praxis Research Institute to make this 'Truth of the Heart' available to interested seekers worldwide, but especially in the US, UK and other Western nations. These efforts include our publication of e-books and hard copy books, teaching programs conducted through the mediums of video conferences and webinars and periodic, face-to-face study sessions with Robin Amis, as often as they can be arranged.
For those looking for guidance in exploring this website, the following is an excerpt from Robin Amis expressing his desire for how the website should be viewed and used to obtain the maximum benefit for one's study and research:
- THE PRAXIS WEBSITE CAN BE READ AS A BOOK
- SEARCHED AS A SITE
- OR STUDIED AS A SYLLABUS
One way of approaching this site is to study it as a working-introduction to the little-known practical and psychological teachings of early Christianity.
At Praxis, we have for thirty years been in active connection to certain anchorites and communities on and from Mount Athos itself.
Everything we print, we plan, research, write, design and produce ourselves, in order to maintain that its content exactly expresses this thinking, which has its roots outside the modern rationalist world .
The result is a site designed to express our purpose in such a way that people with experience of these things will recognize them here.
Praxis was established in Massachusetts in 1992 as a not-for-profit research and educational organization to communicate Mr. Amis’ discoveries and to sustain ongoing research. This site is beginning to provide access to this research on the following pages. In addition, Praxis Bookstore offers books and monographs of writers in this tradition including early writers such as St. Gregory Palamas, as well as more recent authors including St. Theophan the Recluse, Father George Capsanis, Abbot of the Monastary of Gregorios, and Russian ´emigré philosopher Boris Mouravieff with his three-volume series, Gnosis.
Praxis members represent a range of Christian denominations – Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant – as well as non-Christians, and come from throughout the United States and Europe. Praxis welcomes both visitors and new members, offering material in print, on video, and through on-line courses of study. To learn more, follow the links on this page to read about specific topics of Praxis research, view video lectures by Robin Amis, or visit the Praxis Research Institute Bookstore to review our publications.
If you want more specific information about the Praxis program, you may contact us and submit a request at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the UK office for Praxis Research Institute has recently moved from its former location at Three Barns in South Brent, Devon, to Bristol, UK. If you wish to contact Robin Amis or Lillian Develoryas in the UK office, they can be contacted via e-mail at:
or by post at:
BRISTOL BS8 4JZ - the U.K.
or by telephone at: 41-44-117-923-7620