Monastic Technologies (part 2 of 2 @ the Transpositions Art & Monasticism Symposium)

Posted by on May 6, 2012 in Otherhood | No Comments
Monastic Technologies (part 2 of 2 @ the Transpositions Art & Monasticism Symposium)

[I wrote this originally for the online Art & Monasticism Symposium, April 30 – May 5, through Transpositions, a collaborative effort of students associated with the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St Andrews. This is part 2, and part 1 is here. It was featured alongside great posts by Christine Valters Paintner, Cole Matson, […]

Open-Source Monasticism (part 1 of 2 @ the Transpositions Art & Monasticism Symposium)

Posted by on May 6, 2012 in Otherhood | No Comments
Open-Source Monasticism (part 1 of 2 @ the Transpositions Art & Monasticism Symposium)

[I wrote this originally for the online Art & Monasticism Symposium, April 30 – May 5, through Transpositions, a collaborative effort of students associated with the Institute for Theology, Imagination, and the Arts at the University of St Andrews. This is part 1, and part 2 is here. It was featured alongside great posts by Christine Valters Paintner, Cole Matson, Preston Yancey, and Sr […]

Adam Yauch, a.k.a. MCA, was an Artmonk; Beastie Boys’ “Bodhisattva Vow”

Posted by on May 4, 2012 in Otherhood, Vigils | No Comments
Adam Yauch, a.k.a. MCA, was an Artmonk; Beastie Boys’ “Bodhisattva Vow”

[update: good context for this, a Salon post on Yauch, “From brat to activist: Adam Yauch’s transformation from hooligan to human rights figure paralleled a generation’s coming-of-age,” here.] I’ve started to notice recently how the vows we’ve taken this year (of gratitude, fidelity, and resourcefulness), as well as the midnight Vigils Ritual we’re investigating as part of […]

Vigils: Intimacy with the Void

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in News, Otherhood, Vigils | No Comments

The title of poet Paul Celan’s 1967 collection, Atemwende (in English: Breathturn), suggests that mysterious moment at the end of the out-breath and the beginning of the in-breath. What happens in that gap is… a gap. It permits no concepts (not even “emptiness”) and yet, ineffably, is a part of the fullness of human experience. The breathturn has its […]

The Monastic Cycle

Posted by on Mar 18, 2012 in News, Otherhood, Projects, Vigils | No Comments

More than just a structure in space, a monastery is a structure in time. With a regularity that can intimidate those outside the cloister walls, monks and nuns gather every few hours, every single day, for a cycle of rituals that involve chant, prayer, and meditation. Far from the kind of mind-numbing routines we sometimes […]

Thomas Merton: “Contemplation cannot construct a new world by itself”

Posted by on Oct 3, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments
Thomas Merton: “Contemplation cannot construct a new world by itself”

Thomas Merton, in the introduction to the Spanish language edition to his complete works: Contemplation cannot construct a new world by itself. Contemplation does not feed the hungry; it does not clothe the naked… and it does not return the sinner to peace, truth, and union with God. But without contemplation we cannot see what […]

Winner of Otherhood’s “The Artist’s Rule” Comment Contest: Cole Matson

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments
Winner of Otherhood’s “The Artist’s Rule” Comment Contest: Cole Matson

For his comment on Otherhood Podcast: Episode 1 with Christine Valters Paintner, Cole Matson is hereby awarded a copy of Paintner’s book, “The Artist’s Rule.” The comments were all great, and the decision was a hard one. The passion and devotion Matson offers in his poetry really captured my attention, though. And I’m a sucker […]

Laura Riding was an artmonk

Posted by on Sep 19, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments
Laura Riding was an artmonk

  “The mercy of truth – it is to be truth.” In reading Paul Auster’s fantastic collection of essays, The Art of Hunger, I came across Truth, Beauty, Silence, a stunning look at Laura Riding’s life and work. As the poets she influenced (Auden, Ashbery, etc.) are among my favorites, I have read a little […]

Shi Yongxin, “CEO Monk” and abbot of the Shaolin Temple

Posted by on Sep 10, 2011 in Otherhood | One Comment
Shi Yongxin, “CEO Monk” and abbot of the Shaolin Temple

  Buddhism is the dominant religion in China, with as many as 300 million believers across the country. Like other forms of Buddhism, Zen emphasizes letting go of worldly cares and working toward enlightenment through meditation and practice of the Buddha’s teachings, which include a ban on harming any sentient beings. As its home, and […]

“the simple way” » 12 Marks of New Monasticism

Posted by on Sep 9, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments

Through a google alert pointing me to this article, I just stumbled on The Simple Way, “a community in inner-city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world.” I am looking forward to exploring more. But first, I love this clear exposition of their values (how many elements of monasticism can you […]