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

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 means 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 energetic non secular perform with the prerequisites of creating a residing, and pursuing a process social justice in a massive American urban. In telling his tale, Teasdale indicates how others can locate their very own “internal monastery” and convey religious perform into their busy lives

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It is also through these forums that our cultural life develops, and stimulation — whether aesthetic, intellectual, or emotional — is marshaled into creative outlets that give us culture. We produce culture as a way to cocreate our sense of world. We are all engaged in some act of creating culture, a definitively human act. Our stewardship of the natural world and of the social world are linked, since community plays an indispensable role in the preservation of the earth, the rescuing of other species, and the survival of the human family.

5 I become open to this wisdom by a kind of active receptivity practiced while walking. I often say the rosary as I’m walking, and this has also become contemplation for me. This ancient devotion not only connects me with my tradition but also with the other religions that have their own version of the rosary, such as mala beads of the Hindus and the Buddhists, or the beads of the Muslims. I have said the rosary all my life, even while I lived in India, and so embracing this devotion allows me a measure of continuity with my earlier practice of prayer.

Something had happened; a sort of mythic dimension had opened, and nature’s mythic quality became a vehicle for a mystical experience. As I stood with the sun on the summit of this modest mountain peak, the solar orb became a catalyst for my encounter with the Divine. As often appears in myths, the sun became the conveyance for God, like a chariot of fire. It ushered me into the Divine Presence through its powerful symbolic function, its archetypal capacity to represent the One. I was overcome as I stood alone before the Divine.

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