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14) We might call this relation between male discourse and female ascetic practice "ascetic logic," a way not of recovering individual women and their own particular lives, but rather of delineating the space in which women could "logically" operate in the early Christian world.
Additionally, McGowan does not always convincingly support several of his conclusions, especially his argument that all later bread-and-water traditions are based on a first-century prototype (it seems quite possible that a shared commitment to ascetic practices could independently motivate a number of otherwise theologically diverse Eastern Christian communities to replace wine with water).
But even in those traditions in which divine grace is given primary emphasis, one finds ascetic practices encouraged, not so much as a direct means to enlightenment, in an instrumental sense, but as in some way facilitating the reception of this divine gift.
The self-inflicted suffering of the dedicated practitioner of the Venusian arts can nevertheless be seen as an ascetic practice because, to him, it is part of a systematic effort to achieve a transformation of the self.
The Besht actively tried to wean his disciples from their ascetic practices.
I have been studying the creative reinvention of mountain ascetic practices called Shugendd, "The Way to Acquire Power," with a primary focus on its manifestations in the Kii Peninsula (Wakayama, Nara & Mie prefectures).
The recognition of the diversity of monastic ascetic practice and the needs of individuals is present in statements that identify the hypocrisy of actions in light of the interiorization of monastic space.
Furthermore, even ascetic practices that are accounted for are not specifically--or not at all--Buddhist.
There is much evidence, therefore, that manual labor was a part of the ascetic practices undertaken by Basil and other members of his family.
1,2) Religions may proscribe certain behaviors altogether (ie, Seventh Day Adventist and Mormon proscriptions of alcohol and smoking or Jewish and Muslim proscriptions of pork), or they may encourage temperance with respect to natural appetites, ranging from avoidance of gluttony and drunkenness to fasting and other ascetic practices.
Psychological experiences such as faith, fear, desire, happiness, and sadness can be quite useful to the process of noetic ascent when guided by self-awareness and prudence; but, as Catana notes, Bruno seems to poke fun at certain physical, ascetic practices (such as merely sitting in solitude, restricting the use of sense organs, and fasting) and affective states (like a poet-lover's melancholy) that forcefully induce a kind of limited mental contraction.