Pico

Posted by on Mar 2, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments

Renaissance humanist philosopher Pico della Mirandola, who died at 31 in 1494 shortly after determining to become a monk, wrote “The Oration on the Dignity of Man” when he was only 23: He [God] received man, therefore, as a creature of undetermined nature, and placing him in the middle of the universe, said this to […]

“They call it Christianity. I call it consciousness.” —Emerson

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

via the church and postmodern culture: conversation, in a post on multitasking.via the church and postmodern culture: conversation, in a post on multitasking.

Emerson on Art

Posted by on Oct 13, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

A 1st reading from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay, “Art“: Because the soul is progressive, it never quite repeats itself, but in every act attempts the production of a new and fairer whole. This appears in works both of the useful and the fine arts, if we employ the popular distinction of works according to […]

Plotinus, Ennead I.6.9 on Spiritual Beauty

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

This was our final reading at the recent Jesuit Retreat on the Rule of Augustine at the Art Monastery. From the Enneads of Plotinus: 9. And this inner vision, what is its operation? Newly awakened it is all too feeble to bear the ultimate splendour. Therefore the Soul must be trained- to the habit of […]

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 nathan@artmonastery.org] 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]