Tag: monastery

When Monks Say “I Do”

“This discipline and posture toward the spiritual, which appears to the decaffeinated as annoying, stems from his five-year tenure as a devout Hindu monk who lived in the Redwoods of Northern California.” –-from “When Monks Say “I Do”: Confessions of a Former Monastic’s Wife, on 

Extinct Birds and Blind Horses: Adventures at a Costa Rica Monastery, Part III

Two guests here at Madhuvan Monastery are avid birdwatchers. They tote binoculars and can identify most tropical species, but are not the type of experts who look down on the rest of us with our mere urban pigeon knowledge. Justin and Lila-mayi walk the dirt paths 

How a Christian Celebrated Christmas at a Hindu Monastery

I realized that Christmas is about connecting to Christ through love of community and simplicity.

How I Survived My Indiana Jones Moment: Adventures at a Costa Rica Monastery, Part II

  The morning we left for Miami en route to Costa Rica, a Baptist friend who directs the Upper Room’s Academy for Spiritual Formation commented on an airport Facebook photo:  “Must be a monastery of some sort there you’re visiting. Or, are you actually going 

How I Learned to Kneel: Adventures at a Costa Rican Monastery, Part I

  “They’re leaf cutter ants. They won’t go in.” It was 9:00 or or 10:00 p.m., somewhere in the central time zone in a remote jungle of Costa Rica, and I thought I was hallucinating from motion sickness and fatigue. The stone entrance to the 

Audarya: Surrendering to God’s Mercy

Audarya: Surrendering to God’s Mercy

When we venture on spiritual retreats, we schlep our stress, jobs, endless to-do lists, and technological ties with us. It takes a while to lay all that stuff down, unless you’ve perfected the art of carefully stashing it at baggage claim for the return flight