Monastic Separateness & Engagement (part 3): Monasticism in Society

Posted by on Nov 26, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

[This series of posts, “The Elements of Monasticism” asks the question, what exactly is monasticism? “Separateness & Engagement” will unfold in a series of 4 posts (links: 1, 2, 3, 4).] A gem from Father Louis (aka Thomas Merton), in case you missed it a few weeks ago: The monastery is neither a museum nor an asylum. The monk remains in […]

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 […]

Monastic Separateness & Engagement (part 2): Assumptions

Posted by on Nov 24, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

[This series of posts, “The Elements of Monasticism” asks the question, what exactly is monasticism? “Separateness & Engagement” will unfold in a series of 4 posts (links: 1, 2, 3, 4).] The conflation I mentioned in part 1 represents one of a number of assumptions of how monastics exist in society. I will now attempt to summarize some other assumptions I’ve […]

Monastic Separateness & Engagement (part 1): Problematizing Separateness

Posted by on Nov 22, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

[This series of posts, “The Elements of Monasticism” asks the question, what exactly is monasticism? “Separateness & Engagement” will unfold in a series of 4 posts (links: 1, 2, 3, 4).] Why put on the robe of the monk, and live aloof from the world in lonely pride? —Kabîr For monks are not a special sort of people, but only what all […]

Chapter 8 of Augustine’s Rule

Posted by on Oct 9, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Starting on October 2nd, I’ll be doing a Jesuit retreat on the Rule of Augustine (which I’ve written about here: “Up to our necks in Augustine”). Each day, I’ll read 1 of the 8 chapters of the Rule of Augustine: Chapter VIII of Augustine’s Rule Observance of the Rule Starting on October 2nd, I’ll be doing a […]

Intrapreneur’s Ten Commandments

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

[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 Daily Lectio. Send comments or suggested readings to nathan@artmonastery.org] Gifford Pinchot III is one of the co-founders of the Bainbridge Graduate Institute, where I went for an MBA in Sustainable Community Economic […]

Monastics, Dependent Origination & Climate Crisis

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

[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 Daily Lectio. Send comments or suggested readings to nathan@artmonastery.org] Take your pick:

Celibacy: the View of a Zen Monk from Japan

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

A zen precedent for married monks, from Celibacy: the View of a Zen Monk from Japan: Examples of the marriage of monks in Japan can be found as early as the Heian period (794-1185). Moreover, beginning from the time of Shinran (1173-1262) and Ippen (1239-1289), who were known as hijiri, or wandering mendicants, there are many examples […]

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 […]