Atheists Seek a Place Among Military Chaplains – NYTimes.com

Posted by on Apr 27, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — In the military, there are more than 3,000 chaplains who minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of active duty troops, regardless of their faiths. The vast majority are Christians, a few are Jews or Muslims, one is a Buddhist. A Hindu, possibly even a Wiccan may join their ranks soon. But […]

Mt. Athos: A visit to the Holy Mountain – 60 Minutes – CBS News

Posted by on Apr 26, 2011 in Otherhood | One Comment

“It’s not Mars or Venus… but it might as well be.” “60 Minutes” gets extremely rare access to the monasteries at Mt. Athos, perhaps one of the most sacred places in Christianity, via CBS News. Bonus: Norris J. Chumley writes on “Bringing the Monk’s Prayers Home from Holy Mt. Athos” in Huffington Post.  

Sharing food

Posted by on Apr 22, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments

Shareable: The Cooking, Eating, and Business of Shared Food.

Monks at Portsmouth Abbey Use Web in Recruitment – NYTimes.com

Posted by on Apr 18, 2011 in Otherhood | One Comment

So the monks, who for centuries have shied away from any outside distractions, have instead done what many troubled organizations are doing to find new members — they have taken to the Internet with an elaborate ad campaign featuring videos, a blog and even a Gregorian chant ringtone. “We’re down in numbers, we’re aging, we […]

Contemplating Second Life

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

It’s been years since I stopped into Second Life, but here are a few spots for contemplatively inclined avatars: Saint Francis Church and Monastery “Saint Francis Church and Monastery offers a serene and quiet location perfect for personal reflection, meditation, prayer, or a religious service. Enjoy the stunning beauty of this tranquil island and take […]

“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.  


Posted by on Mar 21, 2011 in Otherhood | No Comments

I’m heading off the grid for a week, but I really look forward to giving this more attention when I get back: “artmonks: children of Thoreau & Whitehead,” a post by Adrian Ivakhiv. If Thoreau’s quest to “live deliberately […] and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived” were cross-bred with […]

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 […]


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 […]

Pagan Monasticism Links

Posted by on Mar 17, 2011 in Otherhood | 3 Comments

While paganism, or neopaganism, isn’t necessarily secular or interfaith (the word “pagan” can denote a wide range of groups, from the decidedly polytheistic, pantheistic, animistic, or magickal, to the merely “not Judeo-Christian”) it would appear that pagans are up to some interesting monastic stuff: Order of the Horae – Pagan Monasticism FAQ Journal of a […]