Linguistic Monasticism

Posted by on Sep 11, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

How important is the distinction between female and male monastics historically? Linguistically? In terms of a contemporary movement of secular monastics? Historically, no profession is as defined by splitting men from women as monasticism.  In fact, it’s written into the DNA—the monastic rules and vows—of most orders that for the process to succeed, monks (or bhikkhus) […]

Links for August 29th 2010

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

Monos, “a non profit organization that is concerned with the current engagement between monastic culture, spirituality and contemporary society,” “an attempt to offer a facility for the on-going dialogue between monastic spirituality, society, culture and church, and to begin to ask serious questions concerning the relationship between Secular Monasticism, Church and society, both historically and […]

Female Artmonks vs. Artnuns

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

My monastic community, the Art Monastery in Labro, Italy is open to people of all religious beliefs, races, ethnicities, ages, genders, sexes, creeds, sexual orientations, financial situations and contemplative experience levels. We’re men and women, and we call ourselves “artmonks.” Occasionally, we wonder if that’s what we should really call ourselves, and the conversation always […]

All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well

Posted by on Aug 17, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

Speaking of the inner life of nuns… Most of the scholars I’ve met who study Western monasticism are also hardcore medievalists, and some of them would fit well into All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be a well, the first novel by Tod Wodicka.  The description from GoodReads: […]

Baroque nun’s music

Posted by on Aug 17, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments
Baroque nun’s music

Last night I watched my fiancé Phoebe sing with Cappella Artemisia in St. Elizabeth Cathedral in Wrocław, Poland. Cappella Artemisia performs music by/for 16th-17th century Italian nuns. Cappella Artemisia is an ensemble of voices and instruments which attempts to provide some answers to an intriguing mystery. Throughout the late 16th and 17th centuries, the chronicles […]

Getting the questions right

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

Examples of the secular world learning from the world’s ancient contemplative and spiritual traditions abound.  Neuroscientists, psychologists, doctors, cognitive scientists and cosmologists are learning from inner technologies of meditation and contemplative practice. But what of the outer, visible, measurable technologies of those traditions? How are we learning from those technologies that fit into what is […]