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 […]

Emily Dickinson was an artmonk (10)

Posted by on Oct 31, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

[A Halloween special] I heard a fly buzz when I died; The stillness round my form Was like the stillness in the air Between the heaves of storm. The eyes beside had wrung them dry, And breaths were gathering sure For that last onset, when the king Be witnessed in his power. I willed my […]

Emily Dickinson was an artmonk (9)

Posted by on Oct 30, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

This World is not Conclusion. A Species stands beyond — Invisible, as Music — But positive, as Sound — It beckons, and it baffles — Philosophy — don’t know — And through a Riddle, at the last — Sagacity, must go — To guess it, puzzles scholars — To gain it, Men have borne Contempt […]

Emily Dickinson was an artmonk (8)

Posted by on Oct 29, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I died for beauty, but was scarce Adjusted in the tomb, When one who died for truth was lain In an adjoining room. He questioned softly why I failed? “For beauty,” I replied. “And I for truth,–the two are one; We brethren are,” he said. And so, as kinsmen met a night, We talked between […]

Emily Dickinson was an artmonk (7)

Posted by on Oct 28, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Before I got my eye put out I liked as well to see — As other Creatures, that have Eyes And know no other way — But were it told to me — Today — That I might have the sky For mine — I tell you that my Heart Would split, for size of […]

Emily Dickinson was an artmonk (6)

Posted by on Oct 27, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I’m nobody! Who are you? Are you nobody, too? Then there’s a pair of us — don’t tell! They’d banish us, you know. How dreary to be somebody! How public, like a frog To tell your name the livelong day To an admiring bog! [Part of the Daily Lectio series, named after the Benedictine tradition of lectio […]

Emily Dickinson was an artmonk (5)

Posted by on Oct 26, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Water, is taught by thirst. Land — by the Oceans passed. Transport — by throe — Peace — by its battles told — Love, by Memorial Mold — Birds, by the Snow. [Part of the Daily Lectio series, named after the Benedictine tradition of lectio divina, “divine reading.” For instructions and background on the series, click here. Subscribe […]

Emily Dickinson was an artmonk (4)

Posted by on Oct 25, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

“Faith” is a fine invention When Gentlemen can see— But Microscopes are prudent In an Emergency. [Part of the Daily Lectio series, named after the Benedictine tradition of lectio divina, “divine reading.” For instructions and background on the series, click here. Subscribe to the Daily LectioRSS feed. Send comments or suggested readings to nathan@artmonastery.org] “Faith” is a fine invention When Gentlemen […]

Emily Dickinson was an artmonk (3)

Posted by on Oct 24, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

“Hope” is the thing with feathers— That perches in the soul— And sings the tune without the words— And never stops—at all— And sweetest—in the Gale—is heard— And sore must be the storm— That could abash the little Bird That kept so many warm— I’ve heard it in the chillest land— And on the strangest […]

Emily Dickinson was an artmonk (2)

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

The Soul has Bandaged moments — When too appalled to stir — She feels some ghastly Fright come up And stop to look at her — Salute her — with long fingers — Caress her freezing hair — Sip, Goblin, from the very lips The Lover— hovered — o’er — Unworthy, that a thought so […]