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  • The Purpose and Practice of Monastic Vocation

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    The Purpose and Practice of Monastic Vocation The monastic vocation can be called a "mystery" and in two senses of the word. Primarily - divine mystery is a reality proceeding from God, at once hidden and revealed, expressing in its essence something of the grace, wisdom, peace and fruitfulness of God. Monastic consecration - a mystery akin to the sacramental mysteries of the Church, in which an inner change is affected through an outward ritual or symbol and

  • A Monastic Life : Guibert Of Nogent

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    the 12th century and shows the reader what a monastic life should look like. During this time it was hard not to see oneself fall into sin, for the temptations and vices of the world were everywhere to be seen. By joining a monastery, individuals were able to escape the sins of the world and live a virtuous life, void of the corruption and temptation. Guilbert uses his book to highlight some of the key characteristics found within a Benedictine Monastic life and also (in some parts) as an illustration

  • The Role and Significance of the Monastic Life in Medieval Christianity

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    The Role and Significance of the Monastic Life in Medieval Christianity What is monasticism? The central and original role of the monastic life can be drawn from the meanings of the words 'monk' and 'hermit'. the word 'monk' comes from the Greek word 'monaches' which means solitary and 'hermit' from 'heremites' a desert dweller. The early monks and nuns were just that: men and women who fled the worldliness of urban life and the ethos of a church that was at the time

  • Differences Between the Laity and Monastic Worshippers Within Buddhist Tradition

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    The differences between the laity and monastic worshippers within Buddhist tradition are distinguished by the extent to which these two groups are willing to follow the middle-way as taught by Buddha. Typically, in order to have a functional Buddhist society, there must be the devout, and those who support the devout, giving aid in the form of food, monies, shelter, transportation, etc. The devout who sacrifice the purity of a true monastic lifestyle in order to support the community (who in turn

  • An Illustration of Monastic Life in the 14th Century: Jean-Jacques Annaud's The Name of the Rose

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    Jean-Jacques Annaud, The Name of the Rose historical fiction murder mystery illustrates monastic life in the 14th century. This medieval film takes place in a remote Benedictine abbey in Northern Italy. Annaud is historically successful in recounting monastic life during the Middle Ages. The enriching backdrop of this film presents the culture of monastic life. The setting is beautifully examined and replicated to show the distinct and complicated architecture of the times. The characterization

  • What set the Cistercian order apart from other monastic movements in the twelfth century?

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    was by all accounts extraordinary, and one that seemed to differ greatly from the other monastic movements of the twelfth century. Their growth from one to seven foundations, to more than three hundred in the space of fifty years was almost entirely unexpected by contemporary standards. However, when one delves into the history of the order and looks at the factors that differentiated it from other similar monastic institutions of the same period one begins to see a number of portentous factors that

  • Monk Essay

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    dent into the community, by providing the community with services such as nursing and teaching. In the Greek language the term monk can apply to women, but in modern English it is mainly used for men. Meanwhile, nun is typically used for female monastics. Although the term monachos is of Christian origin, in the English language it tends to be used loosely also for both male and female ascetics from other religious or philosophical backgrounds. The term monk is generic and in some religious or philosophical

  • The Significance of Self-Immolation in Buddhism

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    religious importance of. The ritual of auto-cremation can tell us a great deal about the range of Buddhist rituals as well as the social and political context in which it was practiced concerning the relationships between religion and state as well as monastics and laypeople. Rituals are a significant aspect of Buddhist life. There is no one type of ritual in Buddhism and their level of importance range with their type. Various types of rituals include: going for refuge; offering homage to the Buddha

  • Analysis Of ' Our Lady 's Tumbler '

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    monks could focus on their studies. The monastic tradition sprang from the idea that monks would act as "spiritual militia" to prevent people from sinning and give penances to those who fell into temptation. "Our Lady 's Tumbler" serves as a distinction for a lay person, as he is housed in a monastery and performs self-inflicted penances for his sins. While there are some insinuations for the lay community in this legend, it is meant mainly for a monastic audience in order to show that anyone can

  • The Memoirs of Abbot Guibert of Nogent

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    and historian. When Guibert joined the monastery he joined a strict religious order that had come along way form the time of hermits and the reforms where relevant to him, for the most part. Guibert of Nogent became a monk because he was suited for monastic existence and to give himself the restraints and success he wanted from life. He was at a young age and was left without guidance and became boisterous. On his adolescence, he says, “I emulated older boys in their juvenile rowdiness, and I was

  • A Guide to a Church Building

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    1905 by Garner and the nave in 1925 by Scott. Central to the life of any Monastic community, the Abbey serves both the monastery and also the school that bears its name being home to around 50 monks of the Benedictine order. At the beginning of the 17th Century, the Benedictine brotherhood in England fell to but one old monk but nevertheless the Order survived. 250yrs later, two Benedictine monastic houses existed in Europe but once again came close to extinction during

  • St. John Chrysostom

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    afterwards, he joined his friend Basil in the monastic life. Later Basil was elected to the Priesthood. This paper evaluates St. John’s work entitled On the Priesthood a dialog with his friend Basil. Friendship & Ascetic Life John and Basil were lifetime friends. Both were born in Antioch, belonged to the same social class, enjoyed the same studies and the same interest. John and Basil seemed to share the same mind. However, the journey to a monastic life tested the stability of the friendship

  • Understanding Buddhism

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    self-discipline, which in my opinion is the ideal meaning of enlightenment. To understand Buddhism I will give my explanation in this essay, we will be able to understand the concept of how discipline was introduced into the monastic practice and meditation, how the monastic community and their experiences makes the historical background of the forest tradition within Theravada Buddhism particularly important, how it was seen through Buswell’s eyes and perspectives, and how are these traditions are

  • The Fall Of 1997, Mass Media

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    supreme therapy for human flourish, and I decided to drop out of a medical school in order to follow the path. Then I spent most of my monkhood as a Zen practitioner, with the exception of a four years ' compulsory monastic course on the Chinese Canon. After more than a decade of monastic life, my religious ardor shifted to the study of Pāli literature, which was for the first time being translated into Korean. I was stunned by the elegant simplicity of the Nikāya doctrines. It seemed to me that if

  • The Shaolin Monastery In China And Japan

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    time the Ming era came around, Shaolin monks finally had chosen their weapon of choice for a Buddhist emblem, which was the staff . The decision to choose the staff was more than likely related to the staffs’ role in monastic life . Shahar states that those who trained with a monastic environment came to regard their martial practice as a religious discipline . As far as how Daoism shaped the monastery, we see that in the late Ming and early Qing eras, there was a synthesis of fighting, healing,

  • Review of How the Irish Saved Civilization

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    centers of spiritual learning. It is here in these monasteries, we learn, that monks and scribes of Ireland begin their preservation of any and every bit of literature and knowledge that they come into contact with. Cahill illustrates how this new monastic system of learning proves to be one of the most important foundations established after the fall of the Roman Empire. After the Irish monks learned to read and write the languages of the Bible, they picked up pagan literature as well, "unconcerned

  • The Prohibition of Religious Music in Chinese and Tibetan Buddhist Traditions

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    At first glimpse, praises of heavenly musicians and monastic chanting experts seem to suggest that music plays an important role and has a wide range of applications in Buddhist traditions. But upon closer examination one would be aware that such a statement is over-generalized and requires careful redefining. Buddhist practices mostly involve singing, reciting, and chanting. Although reciting and chanting are allowed when complied with certain restrictions, singing is absolutely prohibited by Vinaya

  • Desert Fathers, Early Monasticism

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    well we may please God." - Anthony of the Desert Anthony of Thebes or Anthony of the Desert (about 250-355 A.D.), as described by writer Athanasius of Alexandria (a ‘student' of Anthony), is considered by scholars as being a prime figure in the monastic movement in the early Christian Church. He fled Egyptian society around the age of twenty and spent the next eighty six years of his life in first a cave , a tomb and then in an abandoned Roman Fort deep in the roughest terrain of the Western Egyptian

  • The Journey

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    as I too withdrew into my own world and I could see again the high enclosure walls I had left behind and the heavy wooden chapel enclosure door, which on the day I had entered monastic life in St. Mary’s monastery some 12months ago, had seemed the entrance to fulfillment. That same door yesterday, the day I left monastic life, seemed cold and uncaring. I had been the very roundest of pegs in the most squarest of holes. My mind saw again the ancient creviced face of my novice mistress framed

  • Personal Statement For Youth Ministry

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    and personal devotion outside of ministry. I realized that while being at the Monastery that I was being pulled into so many other directions and lost the joy of being free in God’s presence. While reading for this class, I enjoyed the book on Monastic Practices by Charles Cummings. In this book, he talked about “liberation through discipline.” In this concept he shared “The movement of self-discipline leads out of bondage to the self into an experience of newness and freedom, then back again to

  • Monasticism

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    retired to a cave in the desert, and there he spent his time in prayer and meditation Antony became famous for holiness and power in prayer throughout the empire. People became so inspired by Antony's devotion, they began to organize themselves into monastic communities. "According to The Life of Antony, written by bishop Athanasius, many people from all walks of life visited Antony in the desert seeking his prayers. "Anthanasius speaks of one particular occasion when many people gathered at the entrance

  • Brief History of Buddhism

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    Brief History of Buddhism Buddhism is one of the major religions of the world. It was founded by Siddhartha Guatama (Buddha) in Northeastern India. It arose as a monastic movement during a time of Brahman tradition. Buddhism rejected important views of Hinduism. It did not recognize the validity of the Vedic Scriptures, nor the sacrificial cult which arose from it. It also questioned the authority of the priesthood. Also, the Buddhist movement was open to people of all castes, denying that a person's

  • The Impulse of Power Formative Ideals of Western Civilization

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    informed observers of this era, Kelley is aware of the dominating influence of monasticism on it. It was not merely one religio-cultural factor among many, but in many ways was the dominating feature of medieval life. Kelley believes the origins of the monastic ideal in certain aspects of pagan Greek philosophy, and correctly suggests that "Christianity's eventual triumph over the ancient pagan world was tragically undermined by an opposing development, the incursion into the life of Christianity of a deeply

  • Order Out of Chaos

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    Volatility in the West during the ninth and tenth centuries drove Europeans to strive for a more stable way of life. The institution of feudalism and St. Benedict’s monastic Rule arose in response to this problem and provided what the scattered kingdoms of the old Roman Empire were struggling to achieve. The death of Charlemagne, the succession of power to his son, Louis, and the signing of the Treaty of Verdun began the collapse of the strong and united Europe that had formerly been in place

  • A Biography of the Life of Karl

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    began his monastic education. During the fourteenth century, there were three prominent means of education. An elementary song-school, a monastic school, and a grammar school (Simkin). Training for the church began in monastic schools. Boys, being taught by monks, were educated in all religious matter. Since Latin was the main origin of biblical writing, boys would become skilled in the Latin language. Karl, already having reading and writing skills, would have entered in a monastic school. Being

  • Relationship Between Parental Divorce And Divorce

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    refusing to talk to the other spouse, or being moody or jealous. These behavior problems mediated the relationship between the parental divorce and the couples own likelihood of divorce and thinking about divorce (Amato & DeBoer, 2011). New members of monastic communities are also discerning a long-term commitment to relationships requiring interpersonal intimacy. If they have less confidence in their ability to discern well and live out their commitment, and especially if the level of commitment is itself

  • World Heritage Inscription Process and Skellig Michael

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    top of the island on a sloping plateau. This allowed for best protection from the elements and collection of water. Around the monastery, the monks use large-stone retaining walls to terrace the rough terrain of the island in order to expand the monastic settlement within the inner enclosure and provide locations for gardens outside the enclosure (Department of Art, Heritage & Local Government, 2010). According to World Heritage Ireland, these large walls not only protected the precariously perched

  • A Life of Celibacy; Buddhism and Sex

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    as because of religious vows . But most monastic celibacy implies a devaluing, and hostile attitude towards the world, life, the body, sex, and the opposite gender. Which directly conflicts with both monastic and buddhist life. Monasticism as a whole often carries a reputation of being elitist in that those involved often regard themselves as spiritually superior to those that are outside of this perticular lifestyle. In fact, the Buddhist name for monastic celibacy is brahmachariya in Sanskrit that

  • The Father of Western Philosophy Socrates

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    ignorance in a logical and systematic manner sets up the foundation of modern philosophy. As a result, the philosophical significance of the Socratic technique of systematic and logical reasoning is immense. Secondly, Socrates lived a simplistic and monastic lifestyle in his search for wisdom and truth. His decision to live an undemanding and non-materialistic life characterizes a man truly in search of answers to basic philosophical questions that plague the lives of every human being. A life which

  • Solude And Religion : The Importance Of Rest And Solitude

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    solitude and became hermits in the desert regions. Communities were set up to protect the new founded monastic way of living. Collinge continues, “Desert Fathers and Mothers. Beginning in the late third century, many Christian men and women took to the desert, especially in Egypt but also in Palestine and Syria, in order to pursue prayer and asceticism.” This way of living set up a Christian monastic or monasticism lifestyle. The lifestyle meant that the person would live a life separate from the regular

  • The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

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    happens to be one of the pilgrims, describes the 30 characters in good detail in the prologue. Among them is a Monk that appears to be everything that a monk is not supposed to be. One who is also proud of the fact that he is not the model of the old monastic ways that monks typically dedicate their lives too. Monks would usually be a religious figure identified as a member of the “Clergy”, or “Church” estate in this estates satire, but is he depicted to be more of an aristocrat than a man of the church

  • StBenets

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    became a permanent private hall in 1918 and adopted its official name of ‘Aula Privata Sancti Benedicti’ (St Benet’s Hall) at the same time; pior to this it would have used the name of its master. St Benet’s can trace its DNA back to the medieval monastic institutions that first appeared in Oxford around 1283. They were designed to give members a firm grounding in theology, which is pretty much, the modern rational. The college arranges for the provision of topics not covered by the Oxford courses

  • Romanesque and Gothic Architectural Elements

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    It was a don of a new age, belief, conviction, and devotion were felt throughout the period, and it was the time of the Romanesque churches. This was the time to view these boundless, monastic complexes, majestic cathedrals, and painted artifacts; the churches were beaming with activity and life. With the assembly of nuns, monks, and local town folks, these structures offered safety, a simpler way of life thru thought, simplicity, and reflection, which than sparked an overall energy and

  • Foundation Charter of Cluny: Source Analysis

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    celebrating the independence of the abbey. The Foundation Charter of Cluny explored new concepts previously unseen in monasteries and initiated a series of novel ideas that progressed into a Cluniac movement. In particular the Charter addresses monastic purity and the monk’s independence from temporal matters. As the movement grew, attached monasteries, which followed the rulings indicated in The Foundation Charter of Cluny, were founded all across Western Europe. Duke William I highlights the freedom

  • Analysis Of Thomas More 's Utopia

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    called monasticism also took hold, providing an alternative lifestyle for men who wanted to reject the world entirely.” Pg 147 The monastic culture of early medieval Europe led to the widespread production of religious manuscripts and literacy within monastic communities. Before Utopia came about, the plagued created a paradoxical development in Europe. The medieval monastic life consisted of prayer, reading, and manual labor. Due to the increasing number of deaths, people became more involved with religion

  • Boniface Wimmer Research Paper

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    parents, Peter and Elizabeth Lang Wimmer, were tavern keepers. Sebastian’s desire to help other individuals was apparent at an early age, for he believed he had been called by the Lord to devote his life exclusively to the priesthood. The simple monastic life was enticing! Sebastian Wimmer was an intelligent young man. He attended the University of Regensburg, also known as Ratisbon, where he studied many classical and philosophical courses, and later studied law at the University of Regensburg.

  • St benetys

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    disaffiliated in 1997. Medieval DNA The college adopted its official name of ‘Aula Privata Sancti Benedicti’ (St Benet’s Hall) in 1918; prior to this it would have adopted the name of its master. St Benet’s can trace its DNA back to the medieval monastic institutions that first appeared in Oxford around 1283. They were designed to give the monks a firm grounding in theology, which is pretty much, the modern rational. The college arranges for the provision of topics not covered by the Oxford BA courses

  • The Power Of The Papal State

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    he believe the “freedom of the church” and eliminated the lay investiture. In the early thirteenth century Saint Francis and Saint Dominic two religious orders known as the Order of Friars Minor and the Oder of Preachers. These orders are for the monastic members that did not remain in the cloister such as the Benedictines and Cistercians, but instead preaching the word of God in a secular arena of the towns. Saint Francis of Assisi began a new order as the Order of Friars Minor (known as the Franciscans)

  • Trinity

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    on its own, it has to be sufficiently developed. It was one of several educational institutions that were looking into the possibility of becoming a private establishment, independent of government control. (Would this ever be possible?) A simple monastic life Lawyer Sir Thomas Pope founded the college in 1555; his remains are encased in the chapel! He became Treasurer to the Court of Augmentation, which played a major role in handling the estates of the monasteries dissolved under Henry VIII. He

  • Henry VIII

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    the highest spiritual powers by the king was the supervision by royal decree of the ordinary episcopal visitations, and the appointment of a layman -- Thomas Cromwell -- as the king's vicar-general in spirituals, with special authority to visit the monastic houses, and to bring them into line with the new order of things. This was in 1534; and, some time prior to the December of that year, arrangements were already being made for a systematic visitation. A document, dated 21 January, 1535, allows Cromwell

  • Integrating Democracy with Tibetan Buddhism

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    of government are necessary to analyze in order to properly investigate the application of the Buddhist tradition into a political framework. The structure of the Tibetan government before the invasion of the Chinese in 1950 was a mixture of the monastic influence and the nobles. The authority of the Dalai Lama reigned over the monasteries and religious order as well as over the administrative obligations of the Country. The search for the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama ensures not only leadership

  • The Era Of The Middle Ages

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    Within these holy institutions, novices were introduced to a life of work and worship. Guided by holy and refined abbots and abbesses, leaders of the monastic orders, these individuals were eventually indicted as monks and nuns, spreading their influence as new members of the individual sect. Though, not all men and women were interested in a monastic lifestyle. For this reason, the Church provided sacraments to bless the pious churchgoers outside of holy orders. Ceremonies like baptism and confession

  • Shiva Siddhanta

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    where an exquisite six-foot tall, 250-year-old bronze image of Lord Nataraja is enshrined. Hindu pilgrims have been coming to the temple from around the world for over 30 years, to worship and seek audience and worship with the Guru Mahasannidhanam Monastic life is strict but joyous, a life of renunciation but full of bliss. This daily spiritual center and activity is the anchor for the coming day of service to dedicated spiritual seekers and the Hindu world at large through books, the Master Course

  • The Dissolution of the Monasteries

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    of the poor was already a dire problem nation wide and the closer of the monasteries would have just intensified the problem. Another argument used to prove the dissolution affected many people in a sever way is the transfer of the monastic estates to a new bread of capitalists who will make high profits at any costs. This resulted in farmers squeezing tenants into paying higher rents, then to make room for profitable farming they were responsible for causing large scale

  • Mystic Monk Coffee Case Study Summary

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    competitive advantage over other coffee industries? MMC uses high quality coffee beans and has an variety of flavors, roast and blends which are beneficial to its customers. Unlike other coffee MMC has a monastic relationship which is hard for other rival coffees to copy. Having a monastic relationship allows them to focus on the 69 million members of the catholic church in the united states, which is considerably a large target market and can bring in a huge profit. 4. Is Mystic Monk Coffee’s

  • Empress Wu and Buddhism: A Symbiotic Relationship

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    male-dominant society (Smarr Feb. 17 2012). The association of Buddhism with Wu helped spur Wu’s benevolent policies towards the religion, who benefitted handsomely from this intertwining relationship with Wu. From the relationship with Wu, Chinese Buddhist monastic lands are exempt from tax and they gain a substantial sum of donations from the state on a regular basis, helping to install Buddhist iconographic art as seen in A Pilgrim’s Visit to the Five Terraces Mountains. On top of being advantageous for the

  • The Seperation of Hinduism and Buddhism

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    religion does have a large monastic order. These monks and nuns are the “sons and daughters of the Buddha” (Esposito, Fasching, and Lewis 406). Anyone, despite age or caste can be a Buddhist, worship freely, and join a monastic life style. (Mittal and Thursby 81) In Hinduism you have to be of the upper castes, and there are no specific monastic groups. There are many types of Hindu ascetics who live mostly in secluded life styles, but they are not comparable to the monastic groups of Buddhism. (Mittal

  • Religion

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    an evening prayer and the Blessed Sacrament. Many other communities also exist to serve the poor in vocations such as staffing inner city parishes, running homeless shelters and hospice services. After Vatican II, even more changes rocked the monastic communities of modern Catholicism. Most religious communities did away with, “habits, common order, required devotions, restrictive rules, cloister, and other external symbols” (Rausch 118). Changes were also in the internal system of the religious

  • The Wounds of God, by Penelope Wilcock

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    The Wounds of God, written by Penelope Wilcock, snags your heart in the beginning and carries you through with incredible ease. Wilcock’s unique writing style is refreshing. She alternates between modern day life and monastic life. For some, this might be hard to follow; however, I felt that it intrigues you to remain interested throughout the book. I was never allowed to become bored with one plot line. It kept me guessing and reading. The story line of this book is unusual, causing the main themes

  • Simple Traditions of a Buddhist

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    Buddha passed away four hundred eighty-three BC his teachings were orally spread around until the first century BC, until they were actually published in writing around the fourth century. Many people around that time had conflicting beliefs about monastic practices as well as religious and philosophical issues, specifically regarding the analyses of practice in the systems of Abhidharma, which initiated different sects to spread quickly. “The problem was that since there was a restriction to create