- This was a good point about monastic balance. Its interesting to note, though the profound differences between Japanese Zen monastic life and that ofMessage 1 of 1 , Nov 23, 2000View SourceThis was a good point about monastic balance. Its interesting to note, though the profound differences between Japanese Zen monastic life and that of Christianity. Christianity, being much younger, produced a simple and earthy discipline to balance and encourage service to others. But look at the beauty and creativity found in Zen gardens and landscaping.
We also should remember that this was the theologic path not the esoteric path. The approaches, expectations, etc. were and are quite different. Monastic life in traditional Christianity is far different from that of classical Yoga or Taoism.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, John Massengale
> > In the West there has been a tradition rejection of the
> > that goes back possibly to Manichaenism of mind-body
> > this heavily influenced the monastic ascetic attitudes.
> It seems to me that the monastic emphasis on mundane
tasks is the proper
> physical and spiritual complement to contemplation and
meditation. If you
> want to be balanced, il faut cultiver votre jardin.
> In their daily tasks, monasteries not only embrace the physical,
but they do
> it with the knowledge that it improves their meditation.
Good point John! Brother Lawrence I understand washed
dishes and such... The oldest monks in Tibet often served the
youngest ones and so on.
Working in our gardens and such is a wonderful way to round us
out. Many today short circuit this process by using automatic or
electric appliances when the old ways by hand would benefit us
more physically... They take more time perhaps and involve more
sweat but involve us more and achieve a more sacrificial result.
By the way are you a monastic?
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