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 […]

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 […]

9/11 and Compassion: We Need It Now More Than Ever – From Karen Armstrong – Compassionate Action Network

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

via Jon Ramer, “9/11 and Compassion: We Need It Now More Than Ever- From Karen Armstrong” – Compassionate Action Network. In today’s Huffington Post from Karen Armstrong: The anniversary of 9/11 reminds us why we need the Charter for Compassion. It should be an annual summons to compassionate action. The need is especially apparent this […]

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 […]

Chesterton’s St. Francis of Assisi

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

“What St. Benedict had stored St. Francis scattered.” from English writer G K Chesterton’s “Saint Francis of Assisi” via Grateful to the Dead

Finding grace

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

Guest-blogger Phoebe Jevtovic writes for In Otherhood about the process of choosing mealtime graces for the Art Monastery. Phoebe is a soprano specializing in 17th century Italian music. She regularly performs with a variety of groups, including La Monica, Cançonier, Gamelan X and the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. She is an artmonk. I was probably […]

Five leadership secrets of the Trappist monk, in the Washington Post

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

Meath Conlan posted a July 14th Washington Post article that comes close to the point of In Otherhood, learning from monastic tradition. Head over to Conlan’s blog to read “5 leadership secrets of the Trappist monk,” by Stephen Martin. Trappist monks, Martin points out, are some of the best social entrepreneurs on the planet. It is […]

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 […]