The Monastic University

Posted by on Feb 10, 2011 in Otherhood | 2 Comments

Is there room for monasteries on university campuses these days? More and more, I envision joining the work we’ve been doing at the Art Monastery Project to existing academic institutions. Imagine artmonks & postgrads, exploring the wide world of (secular/interfaith) monastic living together. Especially if you convinced them that being a monk didn’t have to […]

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

Posted by on Dec 2, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

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 […]

Rohan Gunatillake on the Social Life of Meditation

Posted by on Dec 1, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

I just came across this video on the “Social life of Meditation” from Rohan Gunatillake of and the Here & Now Project.  After wrapping up a series of posts on monastic separateness and engagement a few days ago, it’s great to see these issues confronted from a different perspective. Rohan identifies “four major ways in which meditation is […]

Announcing 10 Artmonk chapters. Are you an artmonk?

Posted by on Nov 29, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

Apropos of my recent posts on activism and monasticism, and the fact that I’ll be working on developing the San Francisco chapter, I repost this, written by the Labro artmonks: The Art Monastery Project has launched Artmonk chapters in the following 10 cities: Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Reno, Bloomington, Indiana, Chicago, Buffalo, New York City. If you are an Artmonk […]

Jesus Lama

Posted by on Nov 25, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

…the encounter between Catholicism and Buddhism cannot take place at the level of the Magisterium, it can only take place at the level of two contemplatives talking together in private. —Harold Talbott, paraphrasing Dom Aelred Graham, in “Thomas Merton in the Himalayas, An Interview with Harold Talbott” from Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Summer, 1992. If the […]

Shambhala Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown on Monasticism

Posted by on Nov 18, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

Shambhala Acharya Judith Simmer-Brown, in Buddhist Geeks, Episode 146 “Investing in the Future of American Buddhism”: Vince: So before we close, maybe if I could ask a little bit about monasticism, where you see it heading. This is something you said you wanted to come back to. Judith: I think the returns are not in on […]

“Fed manure and kept in the dark…”

Posted by on Nov 16, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

Daniel Ingram: An old friend and former meditation teacher of mine and I were ranting in our typically passionate style about this very topic one day, and we came up with the “Mushroom Theory.” Mushrooms are fed manure and kept in the dark, and we speculated that part of the problem was that some meditation […]

The Buddha

Posted by on Nov 1, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe in anything because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not […]

A Benedictine vow ceremony

Posted by on Oct 23, 2010 in Blog | No Comments

Some of the Labro artmonks recently visited the relatively new Benedictine monastery at Norcia, where an international group of monks sings the entire chant office in Latin every day. The Benedictines are not a centralized order. Rather, each house enjoys a considerable degree of autonomy, since it is the abbot who interprets the Rule for that […]

Gospel of Thomas

Posted by on Oct 21, 2010 in Blog | No Comments

“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, What you do not bring forth will destroy you.” — The Gospel according to Thomas