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The daily routine at Heart Mountain Monastery doesn’t change much during the Christmas season-=- okay, the holiday season. That’s one reason why we get quite a few folks asking if they might come stay during this time. The ordinariness, and …

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“ When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think …

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“Death is not extinguishing the light. It is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come.” – Rabindranath Tagore When those of us living at Heart Mountain Monastery heard the news of Brother Leonard’s passing, we asked the …

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Yes, of course, we are stunned, dumbstruck, incredulous, heartbroken. But what on earth can we do about it?  Here are seven “first responder” suggestions, to begin to heal: We can go ahead, bitch, moan, complain, tear out our hair, even …

Should Monks and Nuns Vote for Hillary or Donald?

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“ Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy – Ernest Benn Yes, we monks and nuns will probably vote for one or the other, (more …

 

How To Pray for Donald Trump

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          “I’d pray for the m.f’er to be thrown off his yacht, with cinder blocks chained to each leg,”  one poker playing monk buddy responded when I brought up the question of how we should pray …

 

How to be a Monk or a Nun & Bring Peace on Earth in Five Easy Seconds

I was recently asked to return to my old counseling job to fill in for an old colleague who had been forced to take a leave of absence.  At first, it was to be quite temporary, just a week or …

 

Pilgrimage with the Abbot

The Abbot and his wife and I and my wife will soon (August 9th) be off on a five week pilgrimage to monasteries and holy places in England and Scotland. If you want to subscribe to my journal for his …

 

Artist-Monk Identity = First Identity

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     I’ve recognized I’m probably more artist-monk than anything else. Jut for fun I recently “numbered” my various identities in accordance with which ones fit best. “Artist Monk” comes out #1. (“Bear Jack Gebhardt” comes out at #2. Like …

 

Why We Drink Beer and Smoke Bud: the Big Mind

Had a few monks over after work on Friday to drink some beer, smoke a little herb and play bocce ball. (All three of these are legal recreations, here in Colorado.) Last year in my back yard I put in …

 

The Cheshire Cat as Monk or Nun

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The Basic Renunciation +++At Heart Mountain Monastery our basic “renunciation practice” is to renounce crabbiness, unhappiness, worry, ill-at-ease-ness. We intuit that the ideal daily life of a contemporary monk or a nun is a life of joy, of peace and …

 

WHY BE A MONK OR A NUN

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Lately, I’ve been happy being a monk. In fact, when telemarketers call, and start in on their spiel, I often politely interrupt and tell  the economically enslaved person on the other end of the line,  “Sorry, friend, we are monks and …

 

The “Muddy I” Inquiry

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Was hiking in the hills (through the mud) with some friends a day or so ago, and as friends and hikers are want to do, ended up talking about the bigger picture.  One thread led to another and, as we …

 

Why On Earth a MONASTERY IN 2016?

“The metaphor is probably the most fertile power possessed by man.”                                                            …

 

How to Stop Smoking in 15 Easy Years

  Yay, it’s here!   After threatening to write this book for many decades, How to Stop Smoking in 15 Easy Years— A Slacker’s Guide to Final Freedom arrived on my doorstep this week. Twenty copies!   I’m tickled with this book. In …