Monk Manifesto » Abbey for the Arts

Posted by on Sep 29, 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] With the previous post in mind, I invite you to meditate on this, Paintner’s Monk Manifesto:

Christine Valters Paintner is an artmonk

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

[part of the “__ is an artmonk” series] One of the Art Monastery’s spiritual teachers, Dr. Joel Levey, just forwarded me a link to the Abbey of the Arts, the “virtual monastery” of Christine Valters Paintner OblSB, PhD, REACE. What I read on Paintner’s site resonates with so many of the conversations we have been having at the Art […]

Western Lineage

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

The Rule of Benedict draws on the Egyptian tradition (Eastern), such as the Pachomian rule; the Cappadocian tradition (Eastern), such as Basil’s rule; and the North African tradition (Western), such as Augustine’s rule. The third was a more direct influence than the second, but the first was the most influential, coming through John Cassian and then […]

theFWD submission #4

Posted by on Sep 20, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

[intended partially as a provocation, partially completely seriously, for the Future We Deserve collaborative book project] 3rd-Party Certification of Spiritual Agents, Teachers & Centers The goal of certification is to protect both spiritual practitioners (agents), teachers, and centers. Monastic tradition, by adhering to openly published rules and vows and being accountable to a central governance […]

theFWD submission #1

Posted by on Sep 17, 2010 in Otherhood | 2 Comments

In developing my ideas on secular monasticism, I’ve been attempting to both to hone my thinking and to let it run completely wild.  I found a great opportunity to do so in The Future We Deserve. I submitted a few inter-related pieces for this collaborative book on: Secular monasticism Art monasticism Spirituality as game 3rd-party […]

“Re-monking”: What can secular monastics learn from Christian “New Monasticism”?

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

In “Re-Monking the Church: new monasticism“, Dr. Chris Armstrong (author of the book Patron Saints for Postmoderns) asks: Can Western monasticism’s “father,” Benedict, still give us an antidote to cultural compromise? His question is inspired by the words of historian Mark Noll: “For over a millennium, in the centuries between the reign of Constantine and the Protestant Reformation, almost […]

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 […]