Nil Sorsky - also known as St. Nilus of Sora (1433-1508) - was a vital link between the hesychastic tradition of prayer articulated by St. Gregory Palamas and centered on Mt. Athos, and the mainstream of Russian monasticism. He was also notable for championing monastic ''non-possession'' of property, as opposed to the majority opinion of the ''Possessors,'' led by Joseph of Volokolamsk (who was, fascinatingly enough, also canonized), and he fiercely opposed the capital punishment of heretics. This is the first complete English translation of his complete works, principally The Tradition of Sketic Life.
An Eighth Day View:
Here are the writings of Nil Sorsky (+1508), an influential spiritual writer whose major contribution to Eastern 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.