A Users Guide to Lectio Divina, or How to Feast on Words

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

I’ve been sending out daily readings on monasticism to a handful of artmonks at the Art Monastery. Why not post them here too? Hence, I’ll be posting readings from a variety of traditions and sources, along with commentary from a secular monastic, art monastic or “monastech” perspective, as a new series of blog posts called Daily […]


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, […]

Profile: Mirabai Bush and the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society

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

From Zen Peacemakers: Mirabai Bush is Senior Fellow and the founding Director of the Center on Contemplative Mind in Society, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to encourage contemplative awareness in American life in order to create a more just, compassionate, and reflective society. She has designed and led contemplative trainings for corporations from Monsanto […]

The Chronicle Review » The Objective Study of Subjectivism

Posted by on Aug 31, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

The Objective Study of Subjectivism – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education. Brian Knutson, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Stanford University: Thanks to accelerating technological advances, however, the gap between the objective and the subjective is closing fast. Scientists are beginning to objectively study subjectivity. By “subjectivity,” I refer here […]

BBC’s “the Monastery”

Posted by on Aug 29, 2010 in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

In 2005 & 2006, a series aired on the BBC called “The Monastery.” Worth Abbey in Sussex is home to 22 Benedictine monks. Last year they agreed to take part in a unique experiment. The BBC asked them to open the doors of their cloistered world to 5 outsiders. The aim is to discover whether […]


Posted by on Aug 22, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

“The true state of affairs in the material world is wholeness. If we are fragmented, we must blame it ourselves.” — David Bohm, physicist via some teachers of mine, Dr. Joel & Michelle Levey at Wisdom at Work

Accelerating Future » Al Fin: Neither Ray Kurzweil nor PZ Myers Understand the Brain

Posted by on Aug 21, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I suspect (and pray?) that the people that will have an edge designing artificial consciousness are the ones that have deeply explored their own. Accelerating Future » Al Fin: Neither Ray Kurzweil nor PZ Myers Understand the Brain. In other words, Ray Kurzweil expects humans to build a brain-functional machine in the next 2 decades […]

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 […]