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 […]

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 […]

“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 Cloud of Unknowing, “in whiche a soule is onyd with god”

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

Partially in order to a brush up on my middle english (rusty since reading Chaucer in college), I’ll be working through text of the medieval Cloud of Unknowing, one of the sources of the practice of Centering Prayer. I’ll let you know what I find. HERE BYGYNNITH A BOOK OF CONTEMPLACYON, THE WHICHE IS CLEPYD THE […]

Leonard Cohen is an artmonk

Posted by on Sep 27, 2010 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

[part of the “__ is an artmonk” series] Cohen, who once spent five years in a Zen Monastery, mentions the Cloud of Unknowing in his 1979 song “The Window”:

David Lynch is an artmonk

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

[part of the “__ is an artmonk” series]

‘looking at the contours of the temple’

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

[Part of a new series, Daily Lectio Divina after the Benedictine tradition of “divine reading.” For instructions, click here. Subscribe to Daily Lectio Divina. Send comments or suggested readings to nathan@artmonastery.org]

Nuggets

Posted by on Sep 21, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

Ken Wilber, in Always Already: The Brilliant Clarity of Ever-Present Awareness: Many people have stern objections to “mysticism” or “transcendentalism” of any sort, because they think it somehow denies this world, or hates this earth, or despises the body and the senses and its vital life, and so on. While that may be true of certain […]

theFWD submission #3

Posted by on Sep 19, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

[I’m not the first person to feel that spirituality is a bit of a Chinese finger trap, but I haven’t heard it posed in game language per se.  For the Future We Deserve collaborative book project.] Spirituality as a game “My advice to you is not to undertake the spiritual path. It is too difficult, […]

More on “5 Leadership Secrets of a Trappist Monk”

Posted by on Aug 18, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

A comment by someone named “elizdelphi” on the Washington Post page for the “5 Leadership Secrets of a Trappist Monk” caught my attention, even before I read the article (I wonder how often I scan comments before reading an article online, and what this says about me): As a Secular member of the Carmelite Order, which […]