My tastes are modest to the point of ascetic austerity.
It will doubtless surprise some viewers to learn that the monks' daily routine is not dominated by the strict, ascetic activities one might suppose.
His earlier life of self-indulgence had been unsatisfying, as was his six-year experiment with ascetic penances.
The motive was mainly ascetic , but was in part connected with the greater authority which, in antiquity, attached to such renunciation.
The people communicate with him by way of ascetic disciplines on certain sacred mountains.
True spirituality, or godliness, is found in everyday social relationships as well as in prayer, learning, or ascetic practices.
He walked away from every system of thought and every ascetic setup that was offered to him as an alternative.
Nor will we gain any great wisdom through the more punitive, ascetic methods.
Indeed most martial arts are based on the creations of Chinese ascetic monks almost a thousand years ago.
While there is not too much on the theology of the cross, or on the phenomenon of monasticism, all authors speak from the reality of a crucified, ascetic tradition.