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Defeat, Humility, Joy

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 07.13.2013 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

A remarkable book about Russian monks, published last year, reads like something from the middle of the 19th century. You feel transported back in time to the era of Russian faith that gave birth to Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. Yet, the non-fiction tales collected in "Everyday Saints" are entirely contemporary.

A Buddhist Perspective on Nuclear Energy, Weapons and Taking Responsibility

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.25.2013 | Religion
Vivian Norris

This plain-speaking young man in his deep red and gold robes, praying with such intent for all of us, a living Buddha in his own right, expressed a deep compassion for the suffering of the entire planet and all of the living beings on it as he spoke of the nuclear threat.

PHOTOS: A Look At Life Inside A Bhutanese Monastery

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Dolan | Posted 12.19.2011 | Travel

It's likely that not many people had heard of the tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan before it made headlines last week by celebrating a royal wedding. K...

Libraries: Information and Knowledge Spaces II

Carla Leitao | Posted 11.27.2011 | Arts
Carla Leitao

Libraries are located at a unique intersection of spatial design. They are spaces that store, articulate and distribute formats (media), which are vessels of information.

Living The Monk's Life In The Real World

John Backman | Posted 08.18.2011 | Religion
John Backman

In our post-religious, commitment-optional society, in which "do whatever works for you" is often cited as the cardinal virtue, why would anyone commit to a prescribed set of rules -- especially rules that date back to the Middle Ages?

Vatican Shuts Down 'Dancing Monastery'

Posted 07.26.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca c. 2011 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has closed the monastery of a fourth-century Roman basilica on ac...

Benedictine Spirituality: Peace In The Monastery Of The Heart

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB | Posted 06.18.2011 | Religion
Sister Joan Chittister, OSB

Benedictine peace is not simply the absence of war. It is a lifestyle that makes war unacceptable and violence unnecessary.

On Perspective

Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Sara Elizabeth Ivanhoe

My brother chuckled, sipped his coffee and smiled at me -- the smile you get when you know someone for a lifetime, the same smile he'll have when we're both 60.

PHOTOS: 10 Amazingly Situated Monasteries

Posted 05.26.2011 | Travel

Monasticism is an important institution in many religions, especially Buddhism and Christianity. In part for defense, and in part to facilitate the pr...

From Lhasa to Shangri La: the Touristification of Tibet

Alec Ash | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alec Ash

These are the two vying narratives of Tibet in the West: oppression and sight-seeing. And however much noise is made about the first, it's the second narrative which is winning.

Crumbs of Wisdom from The Bread of Angels

Jan McGirk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jan McGirk

The complex emotional struggles that Saldana recounts in a vivid memoir of her year as a Fulbright scholar in Syria, hooked the imagination of this cynical former Middle East reporter.

Thomas Merton and the Catholic Church Ban on Marriage

Mark Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mark Shaw

Merton faced the same sticky issue in the 1960s that is debated yet today: should Catholic priests be able to be unchaste and marry?

Sex Scandals Shake Monasteries | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

We used to be shocked by sex scandals in the clergy. Given the endless stream of those wrongdoings, we no longer are. Heterosex has also become old ne...

Thomas Merton: A Man For This (And All) Seasons

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cathleen Falsani

I first read Merton, a cloistered monk at the Abbey of Gethsemani in rural Kentucky for most of his life, as a student and was instantly besotted with his unique mix of humanity and holiness.

Tibetan Monks Sealed in Monastery in Sichuan Request Permission to Pray for Chinese Quake Victims

Rebecca Novick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rebecca Novick

Since March, the monks of Kirti have not been allowed to conduct their usual Buddhist rituals, but on May 15th, they received special permission to make an exception.