A monk in the world : cultivating a spiritual life by Wayne Teasdale

By Wayne Teasdale

The Mystic middle 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 this planet tells what that trip has intended for him — residing as a monk outdoor 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 dwelling, and pursuing a process social justice in a massive American urban. In telling his tale, Teasdale exhibits how others can locate their very own “internal monastery” and produce non secular perform into their busy lives

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Although monasteries and other such institutions are useful, they are not necessary for one to make his or her way into this mystery. Once the inner monk awakens, once the mystic begins to see, an interior freedom is ignited, and the external structures become less important. We will always need them, but they are not where humanity lives. They are places of retreat, renewal, and rest. And most important, they are a countercultural symbol of the spiritual journey we must all make in our own way and at our own pace.

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. The early Christian Church knew that the city was the place of sin, of intense temptation, but also of victory over self.

2 I say this because my mind, like a chattering monkey, to use an Indian image, throughout the years has been distressingly active in prayer, and especially in centering prayer. Our minds are active by nature, but my mind is profoundly so, since my training as a theologian tends to encourage a lot of thinking. It’s an occupational requirement of a philosopher to think, I suppose, but in meditation it can become a serious obstacle. I experienced tremendous difficulty in my early years of practice.

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