Monasticism: “putting one’s central energy into a life that revolves around awakening.”

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From Benedict’s Dharma:

What are sometimes called “lay monasticism” and “householder practice” are certainly not new, but as vehicles of awakening they are “really a big experiment,” as Joseph Goldstein said. “At a conference some months ago I met a psychiatrist, a very busy guy, who told me that in the last twenty years not a day had gone by when he hadn’t sat in meditation for two hours, one in the morning and one in the evening. I was really impressed.” Such impressive dedication can be intimidating as well as inspiring, but the key is, as Joseph continued, “putting one’s central energy into a life that revolves around awakening.”

From Benedict’s Dharma:

What are sometimes called “lay monasticism” and “householder practice” are certainly not new, but as vehicles of awakening they are “really a big experiment,” as Joseph Goldstein said. “At a conference some months ago I met a psychiatrist, a very busy guy, who told me that in the last twenty years not a day had gone by when he hadn’t sat in meditation for two hours, one in the morning and one in the evening. I was really impressed.” Such impressive dedication can be intimidating as well as inspiring, but the key is, as Joseph continued, “putting one’s central energy into a life that revolves around awakening.”

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