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:

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 […]

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 […]