By Wayne Teasdale
The Mystic center chronicled Brother Wayne Teasdale’s trip right into a multifaceted spirituality mixing his conventional Catholic education and the japanese method of sannyasa (Indian monkhood). A Monk on the planet tells what that trip has intended for him — dwelling as a monk open air the monastery, integrating teachings from the world’s religions along with his personal Catholic education, combining his full of life non secular perform with the prerequisites of constructing a residing, and pursuing a process social justice in a big American urban. In telling his tale, Teasdale indicates how others can locate their very own “internal monastery” and produce non secular perform into their busy lives
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They can be islands of turmoil, discontent, and unhappiness. It all depends on where individual members are in their development. If monks or nuns feel ambiguous about their vocation, their spiritual life will be clouded by their doubts, and their 1 a Monk in the World monastic experience will reflect a divided heart. If, however, they are confident in their monastic commitment, at peace within, and enjoying a vital spiritual life in union with God, they will be centered deeply in their source of hope.
On one of my long stays in India, while I was visiting Madras, I was walking in a small pasture near an ocean inlet where some cows were grazing. It was an average winter day, very much like a perfect summer’s day in New England. An incredible peace pervaded the field and as I stood there I was enveloped in an intense mystical experience. Butterflies, swallows, and dragonflies were buzzing about serenely, while cows and water buffalos stood munching away at the flowing grass. Other water buffalos were blissfully resting in the coolness of a water hole.
The desert was a place of trial and of testing our mettle as contemplatives dedicated to God. Now, in our age, the desert is in the city — that is, in civilization. Whether we live in sprawling suburbs or rural communities, we’re all 13 a Monk in the World tied together by the common culture of technology, in an increasingly confusing and complicated world. This world is a very exciting place. There is so much to see and experience, to learn, share, and remember. At the same time there is so much to avoid and to be wary of — so much that could compromise the spiritual and moral primacy to which our lives must be dedicated.
A monk in the world : cultivating a spiritual life by Wayne Teasdale