“Christian monks are boring and worshipful; Buddhist monks have razor-sharp swords and can kill with their pinkies”

Posted by on Apr 1, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments

  America’s Fascination With Buddhism | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source.  

Theophane the Monk was an artmonk

Posted by on Mar 17, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments

Next week I’m heading to the Vedanta Society’s Olema retreat center in Marin County. One thing I’m definitely bringing is Theophane the Monk‘s Tales of a Magic Monastery. Here’s one of his tales: There’s a monk there who wears a red robe. I was wondering why, but it was my little son who dared to […]

9/10

Posted by on Mar 17, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments

Via A Vow of Conversion: They say that in any average monastery nine out of ten who come to try the life end up leaving. It’s all about handling the pressure of interpersonal relationships. Either you give up and go away or you stay and make it work. Ultimately there is only one way to […]

The Ages of Western Monasticism

Posted by on Feb 28, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments

From P. Langdale Hough at Plumblines: From Walled Towns (1919), by Ralph Adams Cram (courtesy of Schmitz). Pages 34 – 35: At the beginning of the Christian the impulse was personal, the individual was the unit, and the result was the anchorites and hermits, each isolating himself a hidden mountain cave, a hut in the desert, […]

Of Gods and Men

Posted by on Feb 26, 2011 in Otherhood | 6 Comments

Listen to an NPR story about the film. Listen to an NPR story about the film.

The Monastic University

Posted by on Feb 10, 2011 in Otherhood | 2 Comments

Is there room for monasteries on university campuses these days? More and more, I envision joining the work we’ve been doing at the Art Monastery Project to existing academic institutions. Imagine artmonks & postgrads, exploring the wide world of (secular/interfaith) monastic living together. Especially if you convinced them that being a monk didn’t have to […]

Guest Post: Candace Smith and Cappella Artemisia launch Kickstarter campaign

Posted by on Nov 29, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Longtime Art Monastery friend, supporter, collaborator, and visiting artist, Candace Smith, is launching a Kickstarter campaign for her music ensemble, Cappella Artemisia. This is not an Art Monastery Project campaign, but we whole-heartedly support her, her group, and their mission. Below, the word from Candace: Cappella Artemisia launches a Kickstarter campaign! In the 16th and […]

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 […]

“The monastery is neither a museum nor an asylum…

Posted by on Nov 13, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

“The monastery is neither a museum nor an asylum. The monk remains in the world from which the monk has fled, and the monk remains a potent, though hidden, force in that world. Beyond all the works which may accidentally attach themselves to the vocation, the monk acts on the world simply by being a […]

Music of Italian Convents of the 17th Century

Posted by on Nov 8, 2010 in Otherhood | No Comments

Speaking of artnuns, here’s a project that needs funding. I’ve written about Capella Artemisia before. Speaking of artnuns, here’s a project that needs funding. I’ve written about Capella Artemisia before.