Challenging Ourselves

Challenging Ourselves

Becky applied to attend a course at the Abbey. In her application she said that she had a drink several times a week. We responded by asking her to stop drinking completely at least a month before coming to the Abbey so that she didn’t have to deal with changing this...
From Enemy to Brother

From Enemy to Brother

Kevin sent us this touching story, which is a perfect example of how artificial the categories of friend, enemy, and stranger are. When we look beyond superficial appearances and human-made boundaries, into people’s hearts, we see that we are all the same in wanting...
“You Have a Great Adventure Ahead of You”

“You Have a Great Adventure Ahead of You”

When Ken Matthews sent in his application to begin training at the Abbey for monastic ordination, he was concerned about the reactions of friends. He said, “Not all of the people in my life will understand my determination to ordain. It will also be very difficult for...
Remembering our Death

Remembering our Death

Giacomo wrote this as part of his study of the meditation on death, to help him remember some important points to reflect on. It is his hope that it will similarly help others. When we do not remember about our own transience we completely forget the Dharma. Even if...
The Eight Worldly Concerns

The Eight Worldly Concerns

The day after sending a piece he wrote about the meditation on death, Giacomo sent some reflections on the eight worldly concerns. His insights about his motivation are very thoughtful. Well, actually my motivation was very mixed when I sent you the previous piece I...